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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, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @06:07AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @06:07AM (#432305)

    > rabble-rouser, agitator, political agitator, soapbox orator, firebrand, fomenter, provocateur

    You can't be that and be the candidate of the establishment.

    No matter your hate for everything non-straight-white-xian-male, none of those people saw her support for them as rabble rousing. They saw it as baseline for a modern civilization.

    But this whole "I'm rubber and your glue" thing is Trump's stock in trade.
    I'm sure you also believe that clinton is the real misogynist.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday November 24 2016, @11:56AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24 2016, @11:56AM (#432354) Journal

    Stop trying to make a definition fit your preconcieved notions.

    "a leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people"

    Again and again, your heroine, Hillary, ATTEMPTED to connect with the common people. But, the common people recognize a rich bitch who was born with a silver spoon in each orifice when they see one. Hillary Clinton, failed demagogue. Donald Trump, somewhat successful demagogue. Read the other AC's comment. FFS, do you even understand what it is that you are squabbling about?

    Do political debates really matter? Ask Joe!