Update: Live video of the great event.
Update: SFGate (h/t: Jawa Report) makes it sound as if the protest actually prevented loading:
Hundreds of demonstrators, gathering at the Port of Oakland before dawn, prevented the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship. [...]Some of the comments on the Kos diary made it sound as if the non-presence of the ship during the protest was a snafu for ANSWER and crew. This one is especially interesting:
The demonstrators want to block the unloading of the Zim ship for a full day. After convincing the day shift of longshoreman to honor the picket line, the demonstrators dispersed around 10 a.m., Becker said. The ship is scheduled to arrive in mid-afternoon, and the demonstrators plan to gather again around 4:30 p.m. and re-establish their picket line before the evening shift of longshoremen arrives at 6 p.m.
The Zim ship scheduled to arrive in Oakland is NOT an Israeli ship. It's a British flag ship. And it hasn't even arrived yet (and obviously won't during daylight hours today). Right now, it's heading north off Monterey Bay.Stay tuned . . .
Update: The ship is finally unloaded.