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By Deborah Dupré

Police marking numbers on bodies of protesters detained in dog kennels has been a last straw for many Americans, including some police officers, sheriffs and other law enforcement officers, who are stepping down, and others, all demanding that President Barack Obama intervene in the $3.8 billion Dakota Pipeline Access construction, now the site of daily atrocities. Tuesday proved that the world is not only watching the corporate versus the people battle. People in over 300 cities across the globe rallied in solidarity with Americans being inhumanely abused for their attempt to secure their human right to water and Standing Rock Sioux sacred cultural sites.

“Police have taken shocking and inhumane measures against Indigenous protectors in Standing Rock as they peacefully defend their land and water,” reads an email sent throughout the Los Angeles area earlier this week to rally solidarity with indigenous water keepers at Standing Rock and others straight across the nation and the planet, all demanding the Dakota Access Pipeline project be scratched.

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Tuesday, demonstrators across North America locked arm-in-arm demanding that the U.S. government halt or reroute Dakota Access pipeline. Companies behind the project asked a federal court on Tuesday for permission to complete it.

“They’ve used tear gas, sound cannons, concussion grenades, armored vehicles, and rubber bullets. They’ve shot horses. They’ve detained people in dog kennels and marked them with numbers on their bodies,” LA protest organizers said. “We cannot stand for that.”

Tuesday saw one of the largest protests, all standing with Standing Rock where thousands have been gathered for months to protest what they say is yet another fossil fuel disaster in the making because all pipelines become disastrous sooner or later, poisoning drinking water.

Protesters Face Chilling Nazi-like Inhumane, Degrading Conditions

Robert F. Kennedy Jr, founder and president of Waterkeeper Alliance, said the Dakota Access pipeline was an “environmental crime.”

“There’s real victims,” Kennedy told reporters at the Cannon Ball protest Tuesday.

Tuesday, amid the global protests, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on rights of freedom of association and peaceful assembly released a condemning statement, naming U.S. security forces for using violence against protesters peacefully opposing the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota and “inhuman and degrading conditions” of those arrested in detention.

The Army Corps of Engineers, part of the Obama administration, has power to approve or deny the final permit needed to complete the pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners wants the court to order that Energy Transfer Partners already has the right to build the pipeline without any further actions or permits from the Army Corps of Engineers.

“That’s why it’s crucial the Army Corps of Engineers hears from us: if this permit doesn’t go through, it could mean the end of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” protest organizers said.

Thousands rallied outside Army Corps of Engineers offices, banks and energy companies Tuesday, the day after the Obama administration delayed granting a permit needed to finish the project. Arrests were again made in North Dakota, where the most heated protests took place.

“Their job is to protect us, but instead they’re protecting corporate interests and profits and money,” said Cannon Ball protester Fumi Tosu, 38, of San Jose, California, adding that police used mace on demonstrators. Tosu, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, helped organize the call for Tuesday’s day of action.

The $3.7 billion Dakota Access project has drawn opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe as well as environmental activists who say it could pollute water supplies and destroy sacred historic tribal sites.

“Dakota Access is so desperate to get this project in the ground that it is now suing the federal government on the novel theory that it doesn’t need an easement to cross federal lands,” Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement.

The Army Corps said it plans to get more input from Standing Rock Sioux in light of the tribe repeatedly “dispossessed” from its lands in the past.

Tuesday’s protests came as Dakota Access was expected to win support of President-elect Donald Trump, who has given strong verbal backing for such projects. Energy Transfer Partners is the main company behind the pipeline. Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer’s chief executive officer, donated more than $100,000 to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Sources: #NODAPL, Reuters, Washington Post, San Antonio Express News, LA Times

Feature photo credit: Kin Man Hui / San Antonio Express-News

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    • Deborah Dupre

      There would seemingly be no question in anyone’s mind about the direction the US has taken, knowing police are now marking numbers on the bodies of protesters they shove into dog kennels. These are people protesting fascism, corporate greed over humans’ needs – including water. Let’s see which if either steps in to halt these atrocities being watched by the world – Obama or Trump.

      • Judge Roy Bean

        Yes Corporate Jew fascism has been a problem for a very long time. This is not well understood by the masses of brainwashed who nearly worship Jews.

    • Paul Brown

      Does it matter if everyone is watching any more?

      • Deborah Dupre

        Yes, I think it does. Progressive leaders do, too. Remember, they even called on leaders of other countries several months ago to step in to aid Americans due to US corrupt leadership. The world needs to understand what’s transpiring in the US just as it finally did in Nazi Germany.

        • TRUTHY1


          • Deborah Dupre

            There is a law. The corporation is in violation of that law. That makes them criminals.

            BTW- Why do you have to yell? You see, that causes some people to dismiss what you write as it appears written by a mad man or by someone too lazy for their opinion to matter. If it’s a matter of all in one case being easier, here’s suggestion: Simply click your cap key so you write in small letters. Just a thought. Thank you for your thoughts.

    • Redlist Renegade

      Hopefully ALL of the cops and jailers that are doing this will each have some swell new numbers of their own SOON…..on TOE TAGS !!!


      I don’t understand the significance of this? Marking numbers on people? You mean with a magic marker, or what? Seems harmless enough compared to making them get tattoos or body piercings?????

      • Deborah Dupre

        Marking concentration camp prisoners with Identification numbers was the less harmful cruel and inhumane part of Nazism in that ear, too. The practice, however, serves as a symbol today, one both of those days and today’s the USA police state, fascism or corporatism if we prefer to argue semantics.

    • Pink Slime

      Why is no one talking about compensation for the Indians? Surely this a perfect opportunity of hitting the lottery and you Indians are letting it pass you by with white girl telling you get mad for being tagged by drugstore marsh pens. :twisted:

      • Elekwense

        Can’t tell if actually retarded.. Clean water is more important than unethical money. Except if that money is used for the same purpose and only obtained by ethical means.

      • Deborah Dupre

        Compensation for white man’s abuses of America’s First Nation People would cripple the nation more than it already is crippled from its own evils. Of course it’s been discussed, demanded, debated throughout history and today. Today, however, it isn’t only a matter of compensation.

        How do all the whites and indigenous destined to be impacted by this pipeline in all the states it would impact survive without potable water?

        How does anyone compensate for disease and deaths from tainted water? They don’t, just like they don’t anywhere in the US or anywhere else fossil fuel industry kills and injures. Recent example: Tens of thousands still suffer and die prematurely from BP Gulf oil catastrophe – with no recognition nor compensation. Look at all the people with diseases from fracking on or near them. Anyway – how can any corporation fairly compensate for such life-ruining atrocities?

      • Elekwense

        I wish a rich righteous person would arm the protesters so they could defend themselves and kick those corrupt cops of their high horses. I support working for peace but pacifism is rarely effective.

      • Elekwense

        Wouldn’t it be great to see those evil corporate scum and their supporters get put in their place by a group with equal or greater technology?

        • Deborah Dupre

          Interesting thought, Elekwense. Who the heck however, is going to come to the rescue of innocent Americans to protect their right to survive when a key Trump campaign donor is behind the inhumane and cruel treatment of protesters?

    • Judge Roy Bean

      No problem here, left needs to be in body bags.

      • Deborah Dupre

        Whoa. Hate speech misdirected, Judge. Both right and left are protesting this, except maybe the right that doesn’t yet get that it too needs water to survive.

    • Bob DD

      Incensed that police are putting #’s on protesters & locking them up in dog kennels? You go out there and face those paid provocateur animals. They are lucky they are only getting numbers on them.

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