When Hostage Taking is not a Crime
Here’s a big news item that may have slipped under your radar. It involves several things that the mainstream media normally loves to talk about: sabotage; hostage drama; threats against police and civilians. It also involves something they don’t like to talk about: union violence.
Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview [in Washington state] early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.
Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.
No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.
No one was arrested? After holding people hostage, sabotaging a train, and destroying cargo? Seems to be that somebody could have been arrested there. Maybe no one was because the union guys were just asserting their “rights”:
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union believes it has the right to work at the facility, but the company has hired a contractor that’s staffing a workforce of other union laborers.
Wait, what? Union workers have a “right” to work at a port facility. And if that “right” is infringed upon, they do what any right-thinking person would do: sabotage it! Take hostages! Destroy its cargo! But remember: the Tea Party are the violent ones.
(Link via Big Journalism)Tags: hostages, Jay W., railroads, union violence, unions, Washington state