• More Than 80 Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Arrested, Some Pepper Sp

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    More than 80 people protesting a controversial North Dakota oil
    pipeline project were arrested Saturday and pepper spray was
    used in what the sheriff's department called a "riot."

    Saturday's arrests occurred in a confrontation with police after
    around 300 demonstrators trespassed on private property along
    the Dakota Access Pipeline project's right of way, the Morton
    County Sheriff's Office said.

    Protests have been held for more than two months against the
    project, which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the pipeline
    project would destroy some of its sacred sites.

    The confrontation between police and protesters began at 5:20
    a.m. Saturday and lasted five hours, according to the sheriff's
    office spokesman Rob Keller. Protesters have camped for weeks
    about five miles from the site, close to where the Missouri and
    Cannonball rivers meet.

    The sheriff department's statement said law enforcement officers
    decided to use pepper spray when protesters tried to breach the
    line they had created between the demonstration and construction
    equipment. It added that a protester disarmed an officer and
    used his own pepper spray against him, blinding him for up to
    five minutes.

    Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Saturday's
    confrontation shows "that this protest is not peaceful or

    A section of a state highway had to be shut down because of the
    protests, but has since reopened.

    "It was obvious to our officers who responded that the
    protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior
    during this event," Kirchmeier said in a statement. "This
    protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators
    with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities."

    Eight-three people were arrested in all, the sheriff's office

    Four of those arrested Saturday had attempted to attach
    themselves to a sports utility vehicle parked on private
    property close to the construction equipment. Two fastened
    themselves to the exterior of the car, one bound himself to the
    steering wheel, and another fed his arm through a hole in the
    door and had his hand stuck inside a bucket of hardened concrete.

    Charges of those arrested include assault on a peace officer,
    criminal trespass and engaging in a riot.

    Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners were granted approval for
    the 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline earlier this year. The
    project runs from Illinois to North Dakota, cost nearly $3.8
    billion and could move up to 570,000 barrels of oil per day once

    Protesters, many of whom are members of the Standing Rock Sioux
    Tribe, are worried about the potential environmental impact to
    the Missouri River and the possible desecration of nearby sacred
    sites. Plans are to cross under the riverbed less than a mile
    from the tribe's reservation.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/more-80-dakota-access- pipeline-protesters-arrested-some-pepper-sprayed-n671281

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