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posted by on Wednesday November 23 2016, @03:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the as-not-seen-on-tv dept.

Authorities used rubber-coated steel bullets, concussion grenades, tear gas, and water cannons against unarmed protesters near the Dakota Access oil pipeline in 26°F (-3°C) temperatures over the weekend.

Indian Country Today reports

"We have seen four gunshot wounds, three of them to the face and head", said Leland Brenholt, a volunteer medic.

[...]400 protesters, or "water protectors", attempted to dismantle a police-enforced barricade on State Highway 1806.

[...]"Water protectors are done with the military-style barricades. We are done with the floodlights and the armored military trucks. We are are done with it!" declared organizer, Dallas Goldtooth in a mid-evening Facebook post.

Their action was met with the same militarized response that the Morton County Sheriff's Department has demonstrated on protesters for weeks: the use of armored trucks, less-than-lethal ammunition, tear-gas, mace, and on this below-freezing night, water cannons.

[...]Reports from a coalition of advocacy groups near Standing Rock report hundreds of water protectors were receiving treatment for contamination by tear gas, hypothermia, and blunt traumas as a result of rubber bullets. One person, an elder, was reportedly revived after suffering cardiac arrest, organizers said.

"As medical professionals, we are concerned for the real risk of loss of life due to severe hypothermia under these conditions," read a statement from the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council.

A more measured take is available from the AP.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:11PM

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:11PM (#431930) Journal

    > Think of a strategy to sabotage their operation along the long stretching route of the pipeline, where no police force or hired guards can always control every point,

    So these protesters who don't want the oil pipeline because they are worried it will poison their land should sabotage the oil pipeline, spilling oil and poisoning the land. I think I see a flaw in this plan...

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  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Thursday November 24 2016, @01:51AM

    by sjames (2882) on Thursday November 24 2016, @01:51AM (#432228) Journal

    Not all failures result in a leak.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @08:39AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @08:39AM (#432328)

    We are talking about pipeline being built. It carries no oil until it is completed and checked for leaks. Leaks cost money, especially large ones. Company should understand the reality of everything coexisting peacefully and in mutual accord, or not really existing for long.