Militarized Police Arrest 21 Water Protectors in DAPL Work Stoppage

15 miles south of Mandan, North Dakota – On the heels of yesterday’s action which halted Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction, once again, today, hundreds of water protectors caravaned to a DAPL work site to pray to that the Dakota Access Pipeline is stopped.

The caravan was followed by two helicopters and a circling airplane. Workers had left the area moments before the protectors arrived. After praying for nearly an hour, everyone gathered to caravan to a second site.

As the water protectors left the site, a crop-duster airplane appeared as sprayed the area with an unknown substance as people hurried to their vehicles.

The water protectors went to a second site to pray. They prayed for 40 minutes and as they left the site, a large amount of police vehicles arrived and blockaded the only exit on the public road leading to the DAPL work site.

Dozens of militarized police with shotguns appeared with a Bearcat armored vehicle as well as an MRAP. The Bearcat was also brought out by police at yesterday’s action, but the MRAP, a larger tan colored armored vehicle, had not been seen at any DAPL sites until today.

After blockading the exit points, police vehicles sped across open fields towards the crowd of protectors as they left the site. Several arrests were made, as police brandished loaded shotguns, and assault rifles. The latest information we gathered is that there were up to 21 arrests.

Unicorn Riot was live when police arrived at the scene of the work stoppage, below is a highlight of when the Bearcat arrived until the end of the stream as well as the full stream:

We will provide more details about today’s #NoDAPL direct action and arrests as they become available.

Summary Video of todays events:

Water Protectors Pray at Construction Site, Met With Police Armor and Automatic Weapons from Unicorn Riot on Vimeo.

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To see Unicorn Riot’s coverage of the Sacred Stone Camp and frontline anti-pipeline struggle, see below.

August 2016

September 2016

For our coverage earlier this spring of the Sacred Stone Camp, see May 27th report, “Dakota Access Pipeline Blockade Enters 2nd Month“; May 5th, “Sacred Stone Camp Resists Dakota Access Pipeline“; April 3rd, “Tribal Citizens Build Camp in Path of Oil Pipeline“; March 29th, “Tribal Citizens Prepare to Blockade Bakken Oil Pipeline“.

2 thoughts on “Militarized Police Arrest 21 Water Protectors in DAPL Work Stoppage

  1. Kelly Nicodemus

    I would like to come and help with the protest. I have everything I need to stay for the long haul. Where is the camp located. May your prayers be answered.

  2. John Ellis

    It is all going to depend upon how many people are willing to get arrested. Law enforcement quickly grabbed 21 water protectors, then ordered everyone to get in their vehicles and drive away, then the protesters drove away. That is not going to get the job done.

    So far all of those arrested have been Native-Americans, that has to change.

    On one weekend close to ten thousand gathered at the Standing Rock encampment and if that continues, surely it will get the job done.

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