Picture this: a blockade of wood logs and hay bales set up where water flowed under the bridge of the country road. 40-50 protectors had no physical weapons, just prayers. This was the strategic position to set up defenses because police vehicles had to cross this bridge to get to the intended raid. If they were stopped at this bridge from the east, they could only come from the north.
In the morning police arrived as expected. The blockade had stopped an LRAD sound cannon from making it to the camp, as well as other militarized police vehicles and about 250 police officers who were on their way to assault and arrest peaceful, unarmed people.
Kane said, then people began dancing to a hand drum, entranced by the power of prayer. A single elder, a veteran, repeatedly walked out and yelled: “Send one unarmed like I am out here to negotiate. Please. We are protecting the water for our children and yours. Send one out here to negotiate. Let’s talk! Please!”
The police refused to negotiate. But the water protectors continued to hold the bridge. For hours, the policeadvanced and retreated as the protectors stayed strong and fearless with their prayers.
The drums, dancing, and prayers continued throughout the day as the protectors held their ground.
That day, 250 fewer officers were able to make it to the camp to brutally assault, degrade, humiliate, and arrest unarmed peaceful people. This is an impressive victory for the protectors, be sure to spread the word to let everyone know. You can win even when you are outgunned and outnumbered more than 5 to 1.