Olympia Port Militarization Resistance protesters were in the international press Wednesday when the International Herald Tribune (circulation on the order of 250,000) published a mutilated account of the arrest of dozens of PMR protesters Tuesday night.[1]  --  The web site of the Washington Post posted a different AP account at about 3:43 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. PST).[2]  --  At exactly the same moment, the same words appeared on the web sites of the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Houston Chronicle, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  --&nbps; Both accounts quoted Andrew Yankey, a spokesperson for Olympia PMR, saying that "The soldiers have made it home, and we're really glad about that.  This is about the military equipment.  As long as the government refuses to listen to the will of the vast majority of people who want an end to this war, it's not safe to allow the military to have its hands on this equipment because it will continue to support the war in Iraq."  --  Thirteen minutes later, the same account appeared on the web site of the New York Times.  --  But no mention of the protest from the Los Angeles Times, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New Orleans Times-Picayune — port cities all....

1.

DOZENS ARRESTED IN U.S. ANTI-WAR PROTEST
By Associated Press

International Herald Tribune
November 14, 2007

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/14/america/NA-GEN-US-Anti-War-Protest.php

OLYMPIA, Washington -- More than 40 people were arrested as anti-war protesters again tried to block shipments of military gear to a local U.S. Army brigade, even pouring cement on railroad tracks in a failed effort to stop trains.

Police wearing riot gear fired pepper spray projectiles into a crowd of more than 150 protesters Tuesday night at the Port of Olympia, and several military convoys eventually moved out.

Olympia police spokesman Dick Machlan said 43 people were arrested and then released while prosecutors decide whether to charge them.

Andrew Yankey, a spokesman for the anti-war Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the demonstrators were not protesting the soldiers, who had recently returned from Iraq, but the equipment that he said likely will be shipped to war again.

"The soldiers have made it home, and we're really glad about that," he said. "This is about the military equipment. As long as the government refuses to listen to the will of the vast majority of people who want an end to this war, it's not safe to allow the military to have its hands on this equipment because it will continue to support the war in Iraq."

The protests, with other arrests, began last week.

Costa said the crowd was warned five times Tuesday that pepper gas would be used.

"We're going to keep moving equipment as long as we can," Costa said.

Officials with the port did not immediately return phone calls Wednesday, and it was unclear whether more shipments would be unloaded Wednesday night.

Also present Tuesday were 30 to 40 counter-demonstrators who said the protesters were a disgrace and that the returning troops should be welcomed home without being denied their equipment.

Jill Wolf said she strongly opposes the war in Iraq but took issue with the protesters' tactics and described them as criminals.

"I would suggest that today's protesters are making Olympia look ridiculous while wasting thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money," Wolf said.

2.

WAR PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT WASH. PORT
By Rachel La Corte

Associated Press
November 14, 2007

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/14/AR2007111401604.html
or
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-olympia-protest,0,232798.story
or
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-olympia-protest,0,4567431.story
or
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/11/11/national/a040146S14.DTL
or
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/5301867.html or
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Olympia-Protest.html

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Police used pepper spray on a crowd of about 150 demonstrators as they tried to block shipments of military gear from Iraq, but officials managed to move out several loads to a nearby Army base through a side entrance.

Police arrested 43 people Tuesday night at the Port of Olympia in the state capital during the second week of demonstrations against the shipments, which arrived at the port after an Army Stryker brigade based at Fort Lewis returned from the war.

Those arrested were released until prosecutors decide whether to charge them, police spokesman Dick Machlan said.

Police wearing riot gear fired pepper spray projectiles into the crowd. Demonstrators had been warned five times that pepper spray would be used, police Lt. James Costa said.

A window in a police cruiser was broken by several rocks and another rock hit an officer in the knee, he said.

The protesters first sought to block truck convoys at the port's main gate. Arrests began after authorities moved several loads through a side gate and protesters rushed there to attempt to block them, police said. Demonstrators poured cement over railroad tracks at the port but were unsuccessful in halting trains.

Also present were 30 to 40 counter-demonstrators who said the protesters were a disgrace and returning troops should be welcomed home without being denied their equipment.

Andrew Yankey, a spokesman for a protest group calling itself the Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, said Wednesday that demonstrators weren't protesting soldiers -- just the equipment that he said is likely being sent back for repair before being shipped out again.

"The soldiers have made it home, and we're really glad about that," he said. "This is about the military equipment. As long as the government refuses to listen to the will of the vast majority of people who want an end to this war, it's not safe to allow the military to have its hands on this equipment because it will continue to support the war in Iraq."

At a City Council meeting earlier Tuesday, several people accused police of overreacting with the use of pepper spray and batons to move protesters out of the way of convoys in earlier protests.

Patti Grant, spokeswoman for the port, said she could not say whether any additional equipment would be unloaded Wednesday, citing security. She said the port suffered minimal damage.

"The port respects the right of people to protest against the war. Lawful, peaceful demonstrations is what our society is all about," she said. "Unfortunately, the demonstrators here in Olympia have chosen tactics that break the law."

Protester Sandy Mayes said that the group did not condone the damage that was done downtown, but noted that most of the protesters "have been engaging in peaceful, nonviolent resistance."