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Police Use 'Flash Bang' Grenades At Occupy Seattle Port Protest

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MSNBC. COM - SEATTLE, Wash. - In Seattle, police used "flash bang" percussion grenades to disperse Occupy protesters at Port of Seattle after the crowd effectively shut down one of the terminals on Monday and then started to block off a second terminal.

An estimated 700 protesters in Seattle formed a blockade at the port after marching from the retail area of the city.  

The protest first targeted terminal 18, operated by SSA Marine, in an effort to cut into profits of Goldman Sachs, which is a stakeholder in the large cargo-terminal operator. Goldman is the fifth largest U.S. bank by assets.

Protesters formed picket lines at the entrances, and built a make-shift barricade using plywood, sections of scaffolding, oil drums and shipping pallets, reported msnbc.com's Jim Seida.

Police told KING TV that demonstrators blocked vehicular traffic and began throwing flares, bags of bricks and paint, rebar and other debris at officers at the scene. At least one officer was injured after being struck in the face by a bag of paint, KING TV reported. Eleven demonstrators were arrested. The official Occupy Seattle Twitter feed also said that police were using pepper spray.

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The goal was to keep people out of the facility, while allowing people to leave, he said. One longshoreman who did enter the port said he was sympathetic with the protesters, but couldn't afford not to work.

Occupy Seattle activist Joshua Farris said that a lot of truckers were held up in snarled traffic caused by the protesters, but that many honked and waved in support. He said he counted more than 80 police, and at least 3 arrests. Farris said the longshoremen were told they would not be paid.

Occupy Seattle activists were keeping in touch with their counterparts in other ports, and prepared to respond if the authorities cracked down at any of these protest sites.

"We were told that if another city was attacked, we would do a more aggressive occupation," said Farris. We would take more actions and be more disruptive."

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