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Occupy protesters cleared from Port of Long Beach

December 12, 2011 |  9:29 am

Port of Long Beach Occupy protest

Occupy protesters who briefly blocked an entrance to a Port of Long Beach pier Monday morning were dispersed by police.

About 200 protesters blocked the south entrance to Pier J for about half an hour before police herded them out of the area and into a parking lot by Harry Bridges Memorial Park, where the protesters had assembled at the beginning of the morning.

Before moving to block the pier, protesters picketed in front of SSA Marine, a shipping company that is partially owned by investment bank Goldman Sachs.

PHOTOS: Protesters at Port of Long Beach

At least two protesters were arrested.

Port spokesman John Pope said the protests caused traffic congestion but had minimal effect on the port's operations. While the south entrance to the pier was blocked, longshoremen were able to get in through another entrance on the north side, he said.

The action was part of a coordinated attempt by Occupy protesters up and down the West Coast to shut down ports.

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-- Kate Linthicum at the Port of Long Beach and Abby Sewell

Photo: About 200 Occupy protesters squared off with police at the Port of Long Beach early Monday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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