The #shellno protests in Portland, Oregon have been going strong for over 36 hours now, but reports are streaming in of law enforcement trying to stop the peaceful protest.
Reportedly, police are trying to break up the blockade. It is being reported that the coast guard is towing away kayaks, but more canoes and kayaks are launching every minute. Police are prodding kayakers with their paddles and the crowd is chanting, “The whole world is watching.” Some are questioning the aggressive and potentially unsafe tactics as law enforcement try to snag the kayaks with hooks.
And firefighters are cutting the lines of activists dangling from the Portland bridge.
Earlier today a federal judge in Alaska on Thursday ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters dangle from a bridge in Oregon and block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic. At the court hearing in Anchorage, Judge Gleason said the hourly fine against Greenpeace would increase over the next few days unless the blockade is lifted. It would jump to $5,000 an hour on Friday, $7,500 an hour on Saturday, and $10,000 an hour on Sunday.
“They need to be off the ropes,” she said.
There was no sign that the protesters were going to abandon the blockade in Portland after the ruling in Anchorage by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason that Greenpeace is in civil contempt.
Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said the activists will stay in place for now.