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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 Thursday November 24 2016, @06:19AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @06:19AM (#432308)

    > People start new companies all the time.

    Wait, if people are starting companies all the time, then what's the problem?

    > USA has over 11,000 companies that are 100 percent worker-owned.

    And how many owners are there? 22,000?

    You seem to have faith that tiny-sized co-ops can scale up without becoming organized power structures.
    That's never happened. Not even once. Because people.
    Its just the same old libertarian fantasy that in the absence of organized power structures people won't form organized power structures.
    You can have an argument about how rigid those structures will be, but to deny that they won't spontaneously form is to assume that people are robots who all think like you think you do.

  • (Score: 1) by SandRider on Friday November 25 2016, @06:30AM

    by SandRider (2611) on Friday November 25 2016, @06:30AM (#432770)

    The Mondragon Corporation employed 74,335 people in 2015. It is worker owned, though it also has non-owner workers so it is not the perfect example. But still it is a large successful cooperative business which has been around for 60 years. []