Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land

Oct 29, 2016, 07:40
Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land

He said that the camp had been cleared by nightfall although police were still dealing with protesters on the perimeter.

Protesters continued to clash with police in Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Friday, a day after 141 people were arrested and an encampment meant to block construction of an oil pipeline was razed in what protesters called a military-style operation.

The federal government did ask the pipeline crews to stop construction work voluntarily near the Sioux reservation, while authorities reconsider the plans, but courts have refused to enforce the stop work order.

"They stop the pipeline, they get their pipes, they get their machines, they get their people and they leave".

Police continued to march south into the night, blocked only by a burning barricade set up by protesters as dusk fell.

Even President Obama has come to the defense of the Native American protesters; "You're making your voices heard", he said while addressing the tribal leaders.

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Tilsen said the blockade enabled more than 100 protesters to occupy private land at the site to prevent any construction. The helicopter was assisting in surveillance in the vicinity of the highway blockade.

Native American protesters had occupied the site since Monday (Oct 24), saying they were the land's rightful owners under an 1851 treaty with the USA government.

Near Bismarck, North Dakota, protestors have been mauled by private security dogs and have endured continuous oppression by law enforcement on behalf of corporate "Big Oil" interests. "There are armed people standing there with their guns with their finger on the trigger, and so I feel really helpless right now", says Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network. Fong said she wasnt aware of any serious injuries to officers or protesters.

Hundreds of police officers in riot gear, accompanied by armored vehicles, pushed protesters off land owned by Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline company.

Robert Eder, a 64-year-old Vietnam War veteran from the Standing Rock Reservation, said protesters were not scared.

On Thursday morning, police gave them a final warning, telling protesters over a megaphone that they would make no arrests if they returned to the main camp, according to the Tribune.

Dozens of protesters were arrested - mostly accused of trespass - after law enforcement Humvees and helicopters began to flood the area to break up an encampment near the pipeline's path.

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The Republican executives of Iowa and the Dakotas said in a Tuesday letter to the Army Corps of Engineers that pipeline construction delays will adversely affect landowners and farmers in their states. "Absolutely", Zent said. "But the fact remains we have an emergency situation that must be addressed". They must step in and hold the state of North Dakota and Morton County accountable for their acts of violence against innocent, prayerful people.

"We are not leaving the area", he said.

Protests were relatively calm in the US state of North Dakota Friday, following a day that turned violent between police and demonstrators opposing the construction of an oil pipeline across what police say is private property that has been occupied by Native Americans.

"As members of organized labor, we fully support every American's constitutional right to peacefully protest".

Cody Hall, a spokesman for the protesters, vowed a new camp would be built elsewhere in the pipeline's path, but on federal land.

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