• Obama goose-stepping oil Police, citing 'ongoing riot, ' use water cann

    From Weekly Obama Nazi@21:1/5 to All on Tue Nov 22 03:26:41 2016
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    Tensions over the Dakota Access oil pipeline flared again Sunday
    when North Dakota law enforcement used water cannons to disperse
    a group of about 400 protesters trying to move past a barricaded
    bridge toward construction sites for the project.

    As temperatures in Cannon Ball, N.D., dropped into the 20s,
    police in riot gear sprayed activists with a hose mounted atop
    an armored vehicle and formed a line to prevent them from
    advancing up the road, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
    Protesters also reported being pelted with rubber bullets, tear
    gas and concussion grenades during the standoff, which lasted
    until late Sunday night.

    A grainy Facebook Live video from the scene shows throngs of
    people gathered around the Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806,
    with flood lights shining down on the grass and road below and a
    haze of smoke and water vapor rising near police vehicles.

    The clashes began around 6 p.m., when protesters tried to remove
    burned out trucks that had been blocking the bridge since
    authorities and activists faced off there in late October.
    Police have since set up wire and concrete barriers on the
    bridge, which is about a mile south of where the pipeline
    developer plans to drill.

    Protesters, who call themselves “water protectors,” have argued
    that the barricade prevents emergency services from reaching the
    Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and a nearby camp they have used
    as a staging ground for demonstrations.

    Authorities responded after protesters moved one of the trucks
    blocking the roadway. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department
    said that by 8:30 p.m. an estimated 400 people had arrived to
    try to “breach” the bridge and had set dozens of fires in the
    area. The department called the situation an “ongoing riot,”
    saying protesters were “very aggressive” and were trying to
    “flank and attack the law enforcement line.” At least one person
    was arrested, the sheriff’s department said.

    One of the protest organizers, Dallas Goldtooth, said protesters
    started small fires in the area to help warm people who had been
    sprayed with water in the freezing cold. He told the Tribune
    that some activists tried to remove the burned out trucks to
    expose the heavily armed authorities behind them.

    “Folks have a right to be on a public road,” Goldtooth said.
    “It’s absurd that people who’ve been trying to take down the
    barricade now have their lives at risk.”

    [U.N. officials denounce ‘inhuman’ treatment of Native American
    pipeline protesters]

    Another organizer, Tara Houska, told the Tribune that more than
    200 people had been hit with tear gas, pepper spray or water
    from the hose.

    “They’re using everything and anything,” she said. “This has
    been weeks and weeks of those vehicles on the road for no
    apparent reason, and it’s a huge public safety risk. It’s
    putting enormous pressure on the Standing Rock Sioux community
    and people who live and work in the area.”

    Organizers said the Cannon Ball gym was being used for emergency
    relief, with medics from the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne
    River Sioux tribes treating people who were injured in the
    standoff. Physicians and tribal healers with the Standing Rock
    Medic and Healer Council called on authorities to stop using
    water cannons against the protesters, saying the below-freezing
    weather could cause hypothermia and criticizing the “potentially
    lethal use of these controversial methods against people
    peacefully assembled,” CNN reported.

    The sheriff’s department said water cannons were brought in to
    control the crowds and extinguish fires set by protesters.

    “There are multiple fires being set by protesters on the bridge
    and in the area of the bridge,” department spokeswoman Donnell
    Hushka told CNN. “We have firetrucks on the scene. They are
    using their fire hoses to put out the fires, wet the land around
    so fires don’t spread, and they are also using water as crowd

    The sheriff’s department told the Tribune that the bridge has
    been closed since October because transportation officials were
    concerned about its structural integrity.

    The $3.8 billion pipeline is scheduled to carry crude oil nearly
    1,200 miles from North Dakota to Illinois. Construction is
    nearly complete, but a planned segment of the project that
    crosses under the Missouri River has been a source of contention
    for months. The Standing Rock Sioux argue that the pipeline cuts
    within a mile of their reservation and could pollute water and
    disrupt cultural sites. The tribe has challenged the project in
    court, and protesters have camped out near the Missouri River
    site for months.

    Energy Transfer Partners, the project developer, says the
    pipeline transports oil more safely than trucks and will not
    harm sacred lands.

    In October, a group of activists tried to set up a second
    protest camp closer to the area where drilling is planned. They
    blocked the roadway with scrap wood, bales of hay and tires and
    used abandoned trucks to block the Backwater Bridge. After
    repeatedly ordering them to leave, authorities stormed the camp,
    using pepper spray, high-pitched warnings and rubber bullets
    against those who refused to leave. More than 100 people were

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning- mix/wp/2016/11/21/police-citing-ongoing-riot-use-water-cannons- on-dakota-access-protesters-in-freezing-weather/

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