Jeremy Pawloski has an article in The Olympian today about the the trial of the port protesters (Port Protesters Head to Trial). I think it's a good article. It has information about what's happening with the cases. I want to share my opinion about the protesters, and the prosecution.
I think that the prosecution of port protesters is just plain wrong. I am of the opinion that the protesters are true heros, and that they ought to be treated accordingly. They deserve to be rewarded, instead of prosecuted - and certainly not fined or otherwise punished.
The protesters who were arrested did not intend to hurt anything, or anyone - nor did they ever actually hurt anything or anyone. I believe it can be rightly understood that the protesters are the true sheriffs. Their intention was to protect U.S. military personnel and the Iraqi people from harms associated with acts of aggression committed by the U.S. government. Thus, they should not be treated as criminals.
Rather, instead of being subject to prosecution for alleged criminal activity, the protesters ought to be commended, even rewarded with a peace prize, and certainly they ought to be provided with restitution for any harms, grievances or inconveniences incurred as a result of their courageous stand.
The real criminal act, relating to enabling military shipments through the port, is to stand by and do nothing while the U.S. government runs military and economic riot in Iraq (and elsewhere.)
The protesters were participating in privileged action in civil resistance to what is clearly a wrongful and tremendously harmful imperialistic military occupation, which has resulted in injury, suffering, displacement and death for millions upon millions of Iraqis.
I think it's wrong to prosecute the protesters.
Public resources instead ought to be used, and I believe would be rightly so, to put the war on trial. Prosecute the war. Put aggression on trial. Put imperialism on trial!
Long live the resistance! Toward a better world for all.