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posted by martyb on Thursday November 24 2016, @11:24AM   Printer-friendly
from the disproportionate-force dept.

Snopes reports

On 20 November 2016, the Dakota Access pipeline protests reached new proportions when an ongoing demonstration turned into a violent [assault on protesters by] law enforcement officials.

Pipeline protesters say 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky was critically injured when she was struck with a concussion grenade thrown by Morton County sheriff's deputies while she was handing out water. As a result, she has been hospitalized and now faces the prospect of having her left arm amputated.

On 21 November 2016, Wilansky's father, Wayne Wilansky, [...] told reporters that she may need as many as 20 surgeries and that, aside from her arm injury, Sophia had welts all over her body from being shot by rubber[-coated steel] bullets, and that it took hours for an ambulance to reach her because of roadblocks. continues

A statement from The Standing Rock Medic & Healing Council stated:
"Sophia was heading to bring water to the unarmed people who were being attacked for several hours by Morton County Sheriff forces. The Morton County Sheriff's Department has stated that she was injured by a purported propane explosion that the Sheriff's Department claimed the unarmed people created.

"These statements are refuted by Sophia's testimony, by several eye-witnesses who watched police intentionally throw concussion grenades at unarmed people, by the lack of charring of flesh at the wound site, and by the grenade pieces that have been removed from her arm in surgery and will be saved for legal proceedings."

Snopes also notes:

A total of 26 protesters were hospitalized and more than 300 were injured.

Water Cannons Used in Sub-Freezing Temperatures at Standing Rock

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  • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Friday November 25 2016, @04:21AM

    by Reziac (2489) on Friday November 25 2016, @04:21AM (#432740) Homepage

    And before people get too sympathetic: []
    Fool Bear has had it with the protesters. He says that more than two years ago, when members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe could have attended hearings to make their concerns known, they didn't care. Now, suddenly, the crowds are out of control, and he fears it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. Now, suddenly, the crowds are out of control, and he fears it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt.

    Go down to the camps, he says, and you won't see many Standing Rock Sioux. "It irks me. People are here from all over the world," he says. "If they could come from other planets, I think they would."

    In short, this "protest" is totally astroturf, with lots of useful idiots, and a few bored locals on welfare with nothing better to do.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday November 25 2016, @05:54AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday November 25 2016, @05:54AM (#432759) Homepage Journal

    Good find. The girl who was injured - her name sounds Polski to me. The Poles came to this country a little late, in comparison to some other nationalities. Sure, there was some intermarriage between Poles and Indians - but MOST Native Americans with European sounding names are descended from English, Scottish, Irish, French. So, naturally, I wondered if that girl was really Indian.


    The talk radio show I listen to is full of tales of demonstrators who are PAID by Soros funded organizations to come out and demonstrate. A demonstration in Houston that they covered, almost all the demonstrators admitted that they were being paid $15/hr by some org to be there. Three busloads of outsiders were brought in for the event - and only a handful of locals who weren't being paid.

    Wonder if there's a money trail to be found for this demonstration?

    Don’t confuse the news with the truth.
    • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Friday November 25 2016, @08:11AM

      by Reziac (2489) on Friday November 25 2016, @08:11AM (#432782) Homepage

      Good point on Indian surnames. And some eastern Europeans with Mongol ancestry can pass for Amerind.

      A while back I did find an article about people being bussed into this ND 'event' by some Soros-backed activist outfit, but today couldn't relocate it.

      "Wonder if there's a money trail to be found for this demonstration?"

      Good luck: []
      Most of these in turn fund dozens of activist groups, some of which in turn... you get the idea.

      Would be interesting to learn who pays her hospital bill...

      While I'm digging around, haven't looked at these yet, but anyway: []

      I assume you've seen Black Pigeon's video on the subject? numerous links on the docs page.

      From what I've seen so far, the usual conspiracy theories about Soros-funded mayhem grossly underestimate the scope of the problem. Further, my own theory is that he's funneling Saudi money... note who remained essentially untouched by all this "Arab spring" and migrant nonsense...