Occupy protesters plan to picket Port of Long Beach on Monday
The Occupy movement is planning to picket outside a large cargo company's facilities at the Port of Long Beach on Monday morning, and police are preparing for a substantial turnout.
“We’ll be there rain or shine,” said Michael Novick, 64, an Occupy LA protest organizer who said he was a retired Los Angeles schoolteacher.
The company to be picketed, SSA Marine, is being targeted because of its ties to Goldman Sachs, a major investor in the firm, Novick said. “They exemplify the greed of the 1% causing the ruin of everyone else,” he said.
A post on Occupy L.A.'s website announcing the port action says, “Occupy the ports! A day without Goldman Sachs!”
Protesters will be gathering at Harry Bridges Park at 5 a.m., Novick said.
Law enforcement officials are bracing for a large crowd, with teams expected from Long Beach police, the port police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the LAPD and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“We’ve talked to [protesters] about a peaceful demonstration,” said Art Wong, spokesman for the Port of Long Beach, the second-largest port in the nation. “If they block the streets or do something unlawful, the police have made it clear to them that they will be arrested.”
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Photo: Containers wait to be loaded at the Port of Long Beach. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times