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Oakland Port Reopens but Protesters Reassemble

Port of Oakland officials ask protesters to let workers get back to their jobs.



    Oakland Port Reopens but Protesters Reassemble
    Occupy Oakland protesters stand atop a railroad scaffold at the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

    Operations partially resumed again at the Port of Oakland Thursday morning after protesters participating in the general strike organized by Occupy Oakland shut down the port Wednesday night.
    Port officials said only one of the entrances to the port, at Third and Adeline streets, remained blocked as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday. But by 11 a.m. Thursday, Port authorities said it was fully operational again.

    "Workers in the maritime area of the port are beginning to return to their jobs and seaport operations have partially resumed, though the situation remains fluid," port officials said in a statement. "Operations at the Oakland International Airport and real estate areas continue as normal from yesterday. Port employees have been directed to show up at work as normal pursuant to regular work schedules."
    There appear to have been no injuries or property damage in the port area during Wednesday night's blockade, according to port officials, although they said there was a "limited incursion into a private rail facility, and trespassers were escorted off peacefully."
    Port officials called on protesters to allow workers to get back to their jobs Thursday.

    "Any additional missed shifts represent economic hardship for maritime workers, truckers, and their families, as well as lost jobs and lost tax revenue for our region," port officials said.

    However protesters were reconvening at the entrance to the Port of Oakland Thursday morning, this time with cones and fencing at Third and Seventh streets where they intersect Adeline Street.

    Wednesday evening a march down towards the Port left its mark on several downtown businesses.

    A reported "splinter group" broke away from the Occupy Oakland protest and left vandalism and graffiti along the march's route through downtown, toward the port.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.