Law enforcement appears to act on behalf of private industry with crackdown on peaceful water protectors in North Dakota
Water protectors battling the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota are now facing felony charges for peaceful direct actions that halted construction at two sites on Tuesday and Wednesday—a sign that law enforcement appears to be escalating its response to the water protectors.
“They came at us from our backside, armed with semi-automatic weapons,” one water protecter reported as he was arrested Tuesday.
After two water protectors attached themselves to equipment outside of Mandan, North Dakota, Tuesday, putting a halt to construction, 20 people were arrested by police brandishing machine guns and in riot gear—including medics, journalists, and legal advisors. And an additional 22 people were reportedly arrested on Wednesday after three people repeated the same peaceful action at a second site west of Bismarck. Continue reading