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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: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @08:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @08:53PM (#432097)

    Shillers for Profitz?

    Hey Definer of Morals, the First Earl of Douchbaqginess, I'm just making a few observations and not living out my secret Hero Saga fantasies as the Great Protector of Social Justice (though it would give me a real sense of satisfaction and elevate my feelings of worth to morally look down my nose at people from the lines of morality that I impose upon others, but I digress (and I'm not you, your Earlship)). First they were protesters. Then Native American protesters. Wait, there was another one in there. Now they are the Water Protectors (TM). I'm just saying their self-anointed titles keep growing in stature and self importance.

    It is fuckwits like yourself who do more harm than good for these things. You're the skinny, nerdy white guy who goes to the African-American Student meetings and awkwardly tries to fistbump everyone and you call them "brother" and how you can totally relate to them. Or that suburban white guy who goes up to the pipeline protest, gives themselves a "spirit" name while secretly feeling resentful that they weren't born a "cool" oppressed minority, you know, not one of those poor central African people, but an American black born in the 50's maybe, or a TV native American, not one on a real reservation with the rampant poverty and alcoholism, but one of those cool reservations where everyone dresses in buckskin and opines in deep philosophical thoughts while smoking peyote.

    Didn't you every wonder why so many people roll their eyes when you enter a gathering? No? Well, I'm doing you a favor by pointing this out.

    You're welcome.

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