from the peaceful-protest-vs-armed-protest dept.
Catholic Online reports [catholic.org]
On [October 27], the Bundy gang of ranchers who took over a federal building in Oregon and led a 41-day standoff were acquitted on all charges. At least five of the seven surviving militia members will now walk free from federal custody as a result. Ammon Bundy will not be released however because he still faces charges in Nevada over the standoff at his father's ranch two years ago. His brother, Ryan Bundy also remains in [custody]. An eighth member of their gang was killed by police when the standoff drew to an end.
[...]The Bundy gang also staged their occupation on sacred Native American land. This cannot be condoned; it would be like legitimizing the armed takeover of a parish church.
[...]At the same time the Bundy gang was being acquitted, heavily armed paramilitary-police moved into the crowds at Cannonball, North Dakota gassing and arresting [protesters]. The key difference in this case is [that] the [protesters] in North Dakota are peaceful and unarmed.
[...]During Thursday's protest, a fire broke out at the site and police moved in with riot gear and military-grade armored vehicles. They attacked the crowd with tear gas, a sound cannon, batons, and bean-bag ammunition. Police are evicting the [protesters] by force to make way for the pipeline's construction. [Protesters] have built barricades to keep authorities at bay.
Peoples World continues [peoplesworld.org]
Encampment at Standing Rock cleared; over 140 arrested
Police and those present at the #NoDAPL protest encampment yesterday say that [protesters] have been cleared [npr.org] from the northern camp along the Cannon Ball River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. News reports say [latimes.com] over 140 people were arrested, and officers used pepper spray against protesters but no serious injuries were reported.
Beginning at 11:15 am MT [morton.nd.us][PDF], officers moved toward a group of people camping out near highway 1806 near the town of Cannon Ball, ND. According to the Associated Press, some of the officers were in riot gear, some were armed, and they arrived with soldiers driving trucks and military Humvees. They also deployed helicopters and an airplane that monitored them from above.
The Federal Aviation Administration began restricting flights over the area on Tuesday afternoon [October 25], and will continue to do so until Nov. 5, according to the FAA website [faa.gov], which cites "hazards" in the area.
The police operation came the day after the Morton County Sheriff's Department asked protesters to leave the land, [morton.nd.us][PDF] which is in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline under construction.
Additionally, over the last several weeks, over 140 "water and land protectors", as those protesting the building of the Dakota Access oil pipeline call themselves, have been arrested during police raids. The mainstream media has remained relatively mum about the human rights violations that have been unfolding at Standing Rock, where the construction of the multi-billion dollar funded [commondreams.org] Dakota Access Pipeline is underway.
[...]Frustrations continue to rise as [the blackout from corporate media continues] [theantimedia.org].
[...]Many have voiced outrage over the selective coverage being given by the media to such a critical issue.
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