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Originally published Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Olympia port to sue anti-war protesters

OLYMPIA — More than 60 anti-war demonstrators were arrested last November at the Port of Olympia protesting Fort Lewis-Iraq war shipments. Port commissioners are angry that none of the arrests have yet led to criminal convictions. So commissioners voted Monday to file civil lawsuits against people who block roads, damage public property and interfere with port business.

OLYMPIA — More than 60 anti-war demonstrators were arrested last November at the Port of Olympia protesting Fort Lewis-Iraq war shipments.

Port commissioners are angry that none of the arrests have yet led to criminal convictions. So commissioners voted Monday to file civil lawsuits against people who block roads, damage public property and interfere with port business.

Commissioner Paul Telford says the resolution is needed to discourage inappropriate behavior.

A member of a protest group, Patty Imani of Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, says it's the port, not protesters, breaking the law by cooperating with what she calls an illegal war in Iraq.

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