The ship Cape Orlando loaded cargo at Tacoma Port and left despite attempts by Palestinian supporters who protested and tried to block the ship’s path.
The organisers of the protest were under the impression that the ship was picking up cargo comprising military aid destined for Israel as a part of the government’s efforts to support the former.
Hundreds of people reached terminal gates on Monday to prevent cargo loading operations. Kayakers and those of the Salish tribe also took part in the protest, which was overseen by a U.S Coast Guards Patrol Ship.
The protest did not majorly impact the port’s schedule, and the ship left the same day. The U.S military did not comment on the issue when asked by the media.
However, unlike the protest at Oakland Port, the people did not go past the security perimeter and did not try to board the vessel.
The organisers of the protest said that they think the ship is going to Israel. The Israel-Hamas conflict has killed over 10,000 Palestinian civilians.
It has polarised the American public, with thousands coming forward and marching in cities like Washington and San Fransisco, demanding a ceasefire in Gaza.
In response to these incidents, the Stevedores Union of the Barcelona Port has announced that it will block arms deliveries at the port to protect peace and the city’s civilians.
The Union also said that nothing justifies the act of sacrificing innocent civilians and demanded a peaceful solution and an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
References: Jasper News, newsonemediagroup
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