30 September 2016

21 Arrested Resisting Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline & VIDEO N.D. militarized police push back Water Protectors with armored vehicles, tear gas and rifles 29SEP16

North Dakota authorities using heavy handed tactics on Water Protectors. | Photo: Facebook / Sacred Stone Camp, Rob Wilson PhotographyH15 standing rock hands up
THE actions of the police against the Standing Rock protesters is further proof that the militarization of the police is a manifestation of the growing attempts of right wing politicians to impose authoritarianism on the American people. Think that is politically biased? Consider the non-violent response of the Democratic administration to the neo-nazi occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from 2 JAN to 11 FEB 16. There are now 27 right wing political extremist on trial for their crimes against the government. The republican controlled state government of chooses to use violence against peaceful Standing Rock protesters (these had just finished a Native American prayer ritual), and this is not the first time. The protesters have good reason to run from the police as violence and brutality are the norms for the pigs unleashed by the state.  From +Democracy Now!  and +Daily Kos 

21 Arrested Resisting Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

And in North Dakota, 21 people were arrested Wednesday by police in riot gear, while the group was conducting Native American ceremonies to block construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. The pipeline has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of hundreds of other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Land defenders say police carrying assault rifles responded to the ceremonies with armored vehicles, tear gas and helicopters. This is a Sicangu Lakota grandmother.
Land defender: "We had a really nice ceremony. And then we looked, and over that way, and the police—there was a few police. And the next thing I knew, there were like 40 police, and they were all dressed in riot gear. We did exactly what we were told to do, except the ones who were in the road, just to tell everybody, 'Keep moving. Keep moving. Keep moving.' And I’ve never in my life seen a gun in real life. And I’ve never had a gun pointed at me. And we all went—I went into shock."
N.D. militarized police push back Water Protectors with armored vehicles, tear gas and rifles

Regardless of where our Water Protectors travel in North Dakota to conduct a peaceful prayer event against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that threatens the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s drinking water, you would think that they wouldn’t be met with armored vehicles and assault rifles. But they were.
Ever since North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to protect the pipeline, our Water Protectors don’t know what they’ll face. They have been pushed back by private security guards armed with attack dogs and pepper spray. Some were bitten and sprayed as a newly reported ancestral burial site was deliberately bulldozed to destroy evidence. 
Video shows that as the resisters are confronted, the militarized force starts locking and loading their weapons. Our people immediately raise their hands in unison and yell that they are not armed, that they are praying! The arrests begin, tear gas goes off and one videographer flees to get his footage out. Twenty-one are arrested.
BOHICA has more discussion here: 9/28/16 Standing Rock - Riot Gear, Tear Gas, MRAP​ about how our government gives law enforcement surplus military vehicles.
April 2016:
Tribal members began protesting the 1,172-mile, four-state, Dakota Access Pipeline construction by setting up camp along the banks of Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
August 2016
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit in federal district court in Washington, D.C., against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is the primary federal agency that granted permits needed for construction of the pipeline. Background here—Sacred tribal sites still in danger from DAPL by Earthquake Weather
September 2016:
The small Sacred Stone Camp grows supporters there by the thousands with 280 tribes represented.
National attention grows from the next two events.
Federal court denies the Standing Rock Tribe’s request for injunction. However, a joint statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior asked for construction to voluntarily be ceased on federally controlled lands.
Partial Victory for Standing Rock Sioux by EarthquakeWeather
Sacred Stone Camp is feeling this: Erased By False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL
A detailed analysis provided by attorney Robin Martinez—who is coordinating legal advice and representation for protesters at the North Dakota camps: What You May Not Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline
Sept. 13 — 22 Water Protectors are arrested and jailed without bond after locking themselves to construction machinery. 
Sept. 14 — Morton County Sheriff pursues felony charges on those arrested. Twenty-three people and their charges are named. As of 9/14 a total of 69 individuals have been arrested for illegal protest activities.
Judge drops injunction against tribal leaders allowing them to protest lawfully
Sept. 16 —  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grants Special Use Permit to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to use Federal lands managed by the Corps near Lake Oahe for gathering to engage in a lawful free speech demonstration.
Appeals court halts Dakota Access Pipeline work pending hearing that will give the court more time to consider the tribes' request for an injunction.

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