BREAKING: One Arrest as Megaload Blockade Enters Second Night

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Activists sit in front of “Mighty Matt,” the megaload truck

from Earth First! Newswire

For the second night in a row, activists with a coalition including Rising Tide, 350, All Against the Haul, and members of the Umatilla and Warm Springs tribes attempted to stop the Omega Morgan megaload from leaving as planned.

The load left approximately 45 minutes prior to its permitted departure based on Oregon Department of Transportation.

A tribal elder was arrested after sitting down in front of the megaload. She was forcibly removed by the police and taken into custody. (help donate to Rising Tide’s bail fund here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/portland-rising-tide)

As of writing, activists are regrouping and monitoring the slow progress of the megaload as it trundles along at a snail’s pace.

This comes after a successful hard blockade yesterday involving two activists locking down to the megaload for over an hour and a half. Yesterday’s blockade prevented the transport of the megaload for an entire day, and activists have pledged to continue sustained and escalating resistance in order to prevent the megaload’s destruction of infrastructure, critical ecosystems, and expansion of the tar sands.

We will keep you updated.

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