I can't wait to hear the responses to this.
This is my last update of the night, I'm going to bed.
11:29 UPDATE: Primary source confirmed concussion grenades and lots of gas, he then had to get off the phone because the riot police were advancing again. He did report that the crowd was still at about 200.
11:20 UPDATE: A secondary source just checked in and reported that the police indeed did move in, tonight with gas and rubber bullets. The source witnessed one woman shot in face with a rubber bullet.
A convoy of trucks came through where the secondary blockade was and the police managed to scatter the people enough to get the trucks out. The people from the primary blockade rushed over to attempt to block the convoy when the police attacked with gas and rubber bullets. Also reported that at least 10 people were severely affected by gas.
11:15 UPDATE: I haven't heard back from my contact yet, I'm a little worried. I stepped outside and heard lot's of sirens from that area, also a loud bang, maybe concussion grenade. I also heard other loud noises, maybe a train.
10:48PM UPDATE: The situation is still calm. The scene looks like this: There is a line of cops in front of the port gates. Then the group of women who were seated on the ground. They are being arrested one by one and taken to police vans. There is another line of cops in front of them keeping the big crowd back. The main blockade is still holding and another group has split off to block the road that goes around the port down to Anthony's Hearthfire in case the military tries to use that road.
My source mentioned nothing about the counter protesters, they are quiet now.
10:54 UPDATE UPDATE: All of the women have been put on the bus and the riot police are now masking up. The main crowd has formed a seated blockade in the street, and are basically watching the police prepare to gas them.
Again, more when I know it.
10:05PM UPDATE: No Stryker vehicle movement yet. Police did not rush into the crowd. YAY! They are arresting people one by one in a very orderly fashion. About 15 arrests so far. AND, the crowd of demonstrators is at about 200 people now.
When I know more, so do you.
9:35 UPDATE: Police have issued a final order to disperse. 100+ anti-war demonstrators are seated on the ground in defiance of the Port Of Olympia being used in support of the Iraq War. 40 or so riot police are most likely moments away from descending upon the crowd.
9:15PM UPDATE: I'm using this thread as it on the front page already.
The police have given a dispersal order. From my experience that means the police will wait a few minutes, and if the demonstrators don't leave, they will attack. Remember that this is a group of people sitting on the ground, probably chanting or singing, but primarily being non-violent; and the police will most likely soon rush them with gas, rubber bullets and batons.
A soldier from the Stryker Brigade just walked out of the port, up to the protesters, shook their hands and said, "Thank You for doing this. Fuck this shit. I'm not going to kill anybody else."
He then joined the protesters and is talking with the Veterans For Peace crowd right now.
Also, the pro-troops crowd is larger than it has been tonight and is, according to my source, "Looking for a fight". One has been arrested already for ripping signs away from protesters and attempting to tear them up.
More to come when I get it.