Earlier this year I covered a bit of the protesting in Tacoma over the deployment of a Stryker brigade. Surprise, surprise! The protesters are back, this time protesting the return of a Stryker brigade.
The “Port Militarization Resistance” group opposes what it calls Olympia’s complicity in the Iraq war.
A Navy cargo ship docked at Olympia yesterday carrying equipment used by the Fort Lewis Third Stryker brigade during its 15 months in Iraq. The protesters say the equipment will be refitted and repaired for further combat.
Protesters became more emboldened as the night progressed, even chasing down the moving convoys so they could stand or sit in the roadway in front of them. Police officers were able to clear the roadways and forced the protesters back to the sidewalks using their batons. At one point, the protesters dumped garbage on the roadway in an unsuccessful bid to stop the convoys.
Allie Van Nostran, 18, an Evergreen State College student, said people were shoved back to the sidewalk.
“I was shoved across my collarbone with a billy club,” Van Nostran said.
The Olympia Police Department’s response to protests Tuesday and Wednesday in opposition to the unloading of military cargo used in Iraq has cost the city about $10,000, police said.
It must be great living near these lunatics.
Coverage of the earlier protests in Tacoma, used because of previous protests in Olympia:
Tacoma wants payback for costs of policing anti-war protests
Tacoma authorities say providing law enforcement during last month’s 12-day anti-war protests cost the city about $500,000, and the city plans to ask the Port of Tacoma and the military to cover some of the costs.