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UPDATE: Protest at Port of Tacoma mostly quiet

Post by Jeff Standaert / The News Tribune on July 31, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
July 31, 2008 10:00 pm

Our reporter, Ian Demsky, reports that an convoy of Stryker combat vehicles left the Port of Tacoma at about 9:45, presumably headed for Fort Lewis.

In the meantime, about 40 anti-war protesters were marching up Portland Avenue, perhaps headed toward the site where a military cargo ship was docked, offloading Strykers and other vehicles returned from the Iraq war zone.

Ian said there had been no arrests or incidents. He’ll continue to monitor the situation.

UPDATE: At 11:30, Ian Demsky called to report the situation at the port mostly quiet. About three dozen anti-war demonstrators remained, occasionally chanting and taking photographs as a phalanx of Tacoma police officers stood by. At about 11:35, another convoy of military vehicles left the site. Protesters attempted to head the vehicles off, but could not get tot he location in time, Ian reported.

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