Police arrest 141 as they clear Dakota Access protest
(October 28) Police garbed in riot gear, along with armored vehicles used pepper spray and batons to disperse over 300 protesters and clear out a camp. The protesters, many from the Standing Sioux tribe, were trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
|Police ended up arresting 141 protesters mostly aboriginal. North Dakota Governor, Jack Dalrymple, claimed police were successful in clearing the camp. He also said that private property was no place to carry out a peaceful protest. The Standing Rock Tribe claim that they own the property under the terms of an 1851 treaty with the U.S. government.|
"..let the union workers reroute this pipeline away from water, and we’ll protect them so they have safe jobs and everybody’s happy. All the politicians, all the people who get oil industry contributions for their campaigns, the economy, the national security, the energy independence will all be there. Just reroute this, deny the easement, and let’s put an end to this, once and for all. "