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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:28PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:28PM (#431949)

    Yeah and it's not their polluted water that they aren't going to be able to drink safely.

    The Gov is answerable to the people. Of course these bunch are a minority but if enough people kick up a fuss then the Gov should listen whether from "airy fairy niceness" or from the harsh reality that the more people a politician keeps pissing off the higher the chance that someone would kill him/her. This is even true for dictatorships. That's why dictators who know how to stay in power don't like it when their crazy kids do over-the-top bad stuff (those kids can actually get in trouble as a result). The lion knows that the herd can actually kill him.

    Whether this standing rock stuff is important enough, that's up to you. I'd say the US people don't need that pipeline that much, but hey I don't even live in the USA.