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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) by khallow on Wednesday November 23 2016, @11:40PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 23 2016, @11:40PM (#432203) Journal

    Yeah, the word "majority" seems to be missing in this context. ...or would that be "Democracy"?

    Where's the standing? I don't believe, for example, that the majority should have even the slightest say in my personal life.

    the pipeline is a lawful activity

    No, it's not.
    It violates a treaty signed by USA.gov.

    And that violation is?

    There was previously a perfectly cromulent route plotted out. The thing about that was the it was through a place where WHITE people people lived and might have poisoned -their- water supply.

    A route which ran very close to the watershed of 71,000 [wikipedia.org] people in Bismarck versus merely veering near the territory of 8250 [google.com] in Standing Rock Indian Reservation. I realize that white people just aren't as good as American Indian people, but there are still, according to Wikipedia, roughly 3,000 American Indians in Bismarck too.