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Occupy Port of Long Beach protesters ordered to disperse

December 12, 2011 |  8:38 am

An Occupy protester is arrested by police at the Port of Long Beach early Monday.

Occupy protesters blocked access to a pier at the Port of Long Beach on Monday morning.

About 200 protesters began by picketing in front of SSA Marine, a shipping company that is partially owned by investment bank Goldman Sachs.

They moved on to block traffic coming in and out of one of the piers at the port. At least one protester pitched a tent in the middle of the street.

PHOTOS: Protesters at Port of Long Beach

The protesters were surrounded by lines of police in riot gear and rain boots, and police declared an unlawful assembly.

At least one protester was arrested earlier in the morning.

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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Photo:  An Occupy protester is arrested by police at the Port of Long Beach early Monday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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