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Why Occupy Oakland protesters chose the port

Marketplace Staff Nov 3, 2011
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Why Occupy Oakland protesters chose the port

Marketplace Staff Nov 3, 2011
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Jeremy Hobson: It’s been another night of tear gas and flash-bang grenades in Oakland, where protesters forced a shut down of the port and clashed with police in a public plaza.

One of the protesters who went to the port is Alfonso Jaramillo, who joins us now from Oakland. Good morning.

Alfonso Jaramillo: Good morning.

Hobson: So why did you and the other protesters decide to go down to the port of Oakland?

Jaramillo: I think people felt that it was important to make an economic impact and let the city of Oakland know — as well as the rest of the world — that it is one thing to come out and protest, but this time the stakes are much higher, and people are willing to do things like support a general strike.

Hobson: But a lot of people have looked at this — and even the port has come out and said, “Look, we’re the 99 percent, why are you picking on us?”

Jaramillo: Yes. So, most of us are in the 99 percent, right. But it is a question of — it’s not just an issue or two that we’re talking about here, we’re talking about widespread, systemic corruption that we need to address on a global scale.

So we need to take these kind of measures, and go further even — if possible — with strikes. And let people know that we’re serious about this, it’s not an issue-based kind of movement.

Hobson: Alfonso Jaramillo joining us from Oakland. Thank you so much.

Jaramillo: You’re welcome.

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