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#mortoncountySheriff’s Department officers together with the #nationalguardbegan firing less-than-lethal projectiles, pepper spray, and, reportedly, mace on a group of #waterprotectorsat #standingrockduring what was supposed to be a prayerful, peaceful walk to the drill pad where work is rumored to continue on the #DakotaAccessPipeline.
And all of this, of course, happens on the holiday honoring #DrMartinLutherKingJr. — who dedicated his life to non-violence to spark drastic change on the issue of #civilrights.
Around 200 water protectors eventually grouped at the site of the drill pad, and three were arrested — accused of trespassing after cutting a razor wire fence and then allegedly tampering with industrial lighting.
As the crowd verbally taunted militarized police sporting riot shields and military gear, the situation Monday quickly tensed, and police began spraying people with mace. Soon after, as some water protectors sang and prayed, police fired rubber bullets at a few individuals, who then had to be transported away from the scene for medical assistance.
Reports from people at the camps indicated police brought in vehicles with water cannons just beyond the scene. In the video below, we can also see police open fire on water protectors with rubber bullets in their backs as they are running away from the tear gas.
Water protectors also gathered at Highway 1806’s #BackwaterBridge, where a blockade of cement barriers, burned out vehicles, and razor wire remains in place after a confrontation in the autumn.
In fact, that site has seen several confrontations between water protectors and police from multiple states led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department over several months — the worst occurring on the night of November 20 when less-than-lethal rounds, tear gas, and water cannons were employed to allegedly control the crowd. ✋🏾More in comments👇🏾 #istandwithstandingrock #mniwiconi #waterislife #policestate #nodapl #nodakotaaccesspipeline #noblacksnake #rezpectourwater #savedatwater #SacredStoneCamp #redwarriorcamp #mississippistand #blacksnake