The day a few dozen protectors repulsed over 250 militarized police officers who were hell-bent on assaulting and arresting peaceful unarmed people.
The world has been watching as a massive militarized police force attacked prayerful indigenous water protectors fighting for the water of 17 million people. Unarmed peaceful people have been beaten, pulled out of sweat lodges ceremonies wearing only their underwear. Medics and journalists have been arrested alongside water protectors. Cars were illegally searched and impounded, personal possessions were stolen bypolice. This sounds like something people would expect in a war torn country led by corrupt individuals with a brutal police force/military behind them. It is in North Dakota.
But lost in the brutal October 27 police assaults is a story of strategic victory, of how a few dozen Native people stood against more than 250 police on a bridge on County Road 134 in rural North Dakota.
Desiree Kane of Yes! Magazine reported, “Word-of-mouth announcements went out to the Oceti Sakowin camp that there was going to be a police raid of the front-line camp that had been set up in the way of the pipeline. A raid means people are in imminent danger, and that is widely understood here. Over Labor Day, campers were attacked by dogs and pepper sprayed by Dakota Access security. And since then, we’ve seen increased militarization. It has been apparent that the government, specifically Morton County Sheriff’s office, is the security force protecting the pipeline, so no one doubted that this time the police would be the ones to desecrate bodies and lifeways.”
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