Protesters in Washington state calling for ceasefire try to block US military supply ship

Protesters hold up large wooden signs as they block the main Port of Tacoma entrance to delay the loading of the Cape Orlando vessel, Nov. 6, 2023, in Tacoma, Washington. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
Protesters hold up large wooden signs as they block the main Port of Tacoma entrance to delay the loading of the Cape Orlando vessel, Nov. 6, 2023, in Tacoma, Washington. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters calling for a ceasefire in Gaza block traffic at the Port of Tacoma, where a military supply ship had recently arrived.

Organizers say they oppose the Israel-Hamas war and targeted the vessel — the Cape Orlando — based on confidential information that it was to be loaded with weapons bound for Israel.

Those claims could not immediately be corroborated. In an emailed statement, Air Force Lt. Col. Bryon J. McGarry, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense, says that the department “does not provide transit or movement details” on such vessels for security reasons.

By midmorning local time today, about 200 protesters remain at the Port of Tacoma, some carrying signs reading “No Aid For Israel” and “Free All Palestinian Prisoners.” No arrests had been made according to the Tacoma Police Department.

Most Popular