In Multipolarity

By Four Arrows, op-ed, Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Further below: RT’s report and live video footage of police/military raid on defenders camp at Standing Rock.

Live Police have now taken full control of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, following an hours-long siege today at Standing Rock. A number of Water Protectors were forced to flee en masse across the Cannonball River to escape a running advance by heavily armed police. It is unclear at this time how many Water Protectors have been arrested.

Land and water defenders camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota on Jan 24, 2017 (Terray Sylvester, Reuters)

Today’s raid came on the heels of additional forced evacuations yesterday in Standing Rock. Around 150 police from several states mobilized against the Water Protectors yesterday on Highway 1806 in South Dakota and forced a large number of people to evacuate from Standing Rock, using the threat of force. Police also rushed the crowd on 1806, brutalizing at least one person, and carried out multiple “snatch and grab” arrests.

Although the order for eviction yesterday was for 2 pm, the police troops from Morton County and other states waited until 4 pm to begin their forward march in riot gear holding batons. The weather was freezing with sleet coming down. Some Water Protectors decided to light ceremonial fires to burn their belongings rather than see them defiled by police, who have previously smashed and urinated on the belongings of Protectors after raids. The skies were gray with clouds and smoke from the burning buildings and tipis. By 4 pm, most of the camp had left, believing they could be more useful for the movement if not arrested. Hugs with the 60 to 80 who chose to stay were emotional.

The Water Protectors waited at the infamous Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806. The police were marching toward them slowly…

Read the full article at the original weblink above.

Riot police & military Humvees enter Standing Rock camp (live video), Feb 23, 2017

Police squadron at Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Feb 22, 2017 (Terray Sylvester, Reuters)

Military vehicles, bulldozers and riot-geared police have moved into the Oceti Sakowin camp near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, intended to clear out the remaining protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Trends Dakota Access Pipeline

Live-streams from across the Cannon Ball River showed police, including state troopers from Wisconsin, and what looked like National Guard troops entering the mostly abandoned encampment on Thursday morning, accompanied with armored vehicles and construction equipment…


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