(Photo by Adam Alexander Johansson)
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock are facing excessive violence and harassment by the police and state sanctioned forces in North Dakota.
“For weeks, the main highway to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has been cut off, with no movement by the state to address a public safety risk. Attempting to clear the road was met with police spraying people with water cannons in 26 degree weather — that’s deadly force, it’s freezing outside. They want to kill people for clearing a road? When will our cries be heard? Stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Respect the rights of indigenous people, of all peoples.” – Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth
Here is a report from Honor The Earth:
WATER CANNONS FIRED AT WATER PROTECTORS IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES, HUNDREDS INJURED Cannon Ball, ND– Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening. The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806. Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Some flares shot by law enforcement started grass fires which were ignored by the water cannons and had to be extinguished by water protectors. Law enforcement also shot down three media drones and targeted journalists with less lethal rounds… – Thane Maxwell 41SC (21 November 2016)
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What You Can Do To Support The Water Protectors at Standing Rock:
You can send support to the camps in various ways – online, through PayPal, or by check.
Sacred Stone Camp
Via Paypal: [email protected]
Sacred Stone Camp
P.O. Box 1011
Fort Yates, ND 58538
Sacred Stone Legal Defense
Via PayPal: [email protected]
Please make checks out to “Freshet Collective” 3941 23rd Ave. S
Minneapolis MN, 55407
Red Warrior Camp
Red Warrior Camp Legal Defense
Red Warrior Camp #2 Agency Ave
Fort Yates, ND 58538 United States
Help Build Makagi Oti – the Brown Earth Lodge – at Standing Rock! This is a straw-bale community center and kitchen for the main encampment.
Support Honor the Earth who are working in the area and working at the intersections of extractive industries and violence against women.
Wherever you are, it is likely that people are organizing solidarity actions, mobilizing to stop fracking and other extractive projects in your communities.