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Hundreds of “Riot Gear-Clad Officers Move in With MRAPs” Against Dakota Pipeline Protests

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This article was written Claire Bernish and originally published at The Free Thought Project.

Editor’s Comment: The powers that be are increasingly using military troops against the American people, and shutting down legitimate protests by force. Whether the issue is one you agree with or not, a militarized opposition to assembly is taking place.

Those standing against the Dakota Pipeline, including tribal members, having been speaking out against the contamination of the water supplies for tens of millions of people, while they have come to represent a new front in corporate-crony crackdowns on American dissent.

Dozens Arrested as Heavily Armed Cops Move In With MRAPs to Remove Water Protectors

by Claire Bernish

Heavily militarized police and National Guard forces moved in to raid camps at Standing Rock on Thursday morning, with hundreds of riot gear-clad officers marching in formation to clear camps of water protectors, journalists, and anyone firmly entrenched to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Ominously poised on Highway 1806, officers waited in formation with dozens of heavily armored vehicles for over an hour before eventually descending into the remnants of the largest Standing Rock camp, Oceti Sakowin, in recent days renamed Oceti Oyate.

Prayerful song eerily served as a backdrop for what constituted a military raid of land unceded to the U.S. government in treaties from 1851 and 1868.

In a livestream taken a slight distance from camp, Unicorn Riot explained a Bearcat armored vehicle on scene was likely the same from which an officer in a gun turret fired an alleged explosive device at Sophia Wilansky, ripping her arm to shreds on November 20, during a police offensive.

Just before noon local time — and under the watchful eye of snipers — officers in helmets carrying temporary zip-tie restraints could be seen roaming the camp, searching for stragglers to arrest under the premise water protectors are trespassing on land federally managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

With assault rifles and guns in hand — and helicopters occasionally just ten feet in the air above — militarized cops perched outside tipi and tent entrances, searching for violators of the eviction order. As the search continued, live video showed several water protectors joining hands in prayer before near certain arrest.

At 12:30 local time, dozens of officers approached a tiny group of water protectors — one of whom raised a sacred pipe in prayer as they closed in to make arrests. Reports more than 20 military veterans had been arrested were unconfirmed at the time this article was published, but images posted to social media did show police arresting an elderly Native grandmother and searching the pockets of her coat.

Despite nearly a year of proving themselves unarmed, water protectors became the subject of utterly unfounded law enforcement rumors that an armed group of rebels could be hiding out in an unknown location within the camps.

Thus, MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles), Bearcats, and Hum-vees zig-zagged through the a complex of still-intact structures that had served as home for the protectors for months, making sure to evacuate everyone before razing the property.

National Guard and police were still searching through the property as of 1 p.m. local, and appeared to be secondarily kettling water protectors inside the camp, where arrests would be easier to effect en masse.

Sweeps of the territory will take hours, as officers move from structure to structure with assault rifles drawn — permission to use live fire was reportedly given months ago — in a methodical but deliberate process.

Just as law enforcement appeared to have gained a foothold of control on the camp, two of a handful of livestreams were suddenly cut. A third livestreamer, Hunter Nolan, recorded as authorities tried to determine how to extricate a lone water protector perched on the roof of a house in defiance of the eviction — whom Nolan described as ‘the last man in camp.’

UPDATE: At approximately 3 p.m., livestreamer Johnny Dangers reported in a live video Bureau of Indian Affairs police had begun to raid a second camp, Rosebud, in much the same manner as with Oceti Oyate camp.

This article was written Claire Bernish and originally published at The Free Thought Project.

This article has been contributed by SHTF Plan. Visit for alternative news, commentary and preparedness info.


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    • Antique White

      build the pipe line arrest the protesters there paid george soros goons and the fact is there is already a pipeline in the same place the protest is a hoax a hold out for more cash! :shock:

    • roygbiv

      Why do we another pipeline? We export oil now! Shouldn’t we be moving away from fossil fuels?

      • Pateriot

        This is an intentional lie told by the dishonest Left and their “Fake News” minions in the media. Where it is true that we export crude oil to be refined, we then import the oil products such as gas, diesel, fuel oil, kerosene, and other various petroleum products.

        “Between 2000 and 2012, the cumulative total of U.S. trade deficits in crude oil and refined petroleum products amounted to $2.87 trillion, 40.5 percent of the cumulative deficits in all goods and services over the period.”

        If the Leftists in the environmental movement had not apposed refineries here in the US very little of the crude would have to be exported. As it stands the US has very little capacity to refine the crude into useful products that we all require, thus the export.

    • Redlist Renegade

      I really don’t understand WHY they couldn’t or WON’T just move the location of WHERE they want to cross the river there with the pipeline to downstream of the reservation ! It seems simple enough for them to actually DO instead of trying to make a “Statement” by shoving their will up the indians and their supporters asses the HARD damn way !!!

    • Cousin_Jack

      Maybe the question should be, if this can happen here and now, when will it happen to you?

    • Pinto Beans
    • Boo

      This article only makes sense if the author includes all the variables which account for the reason this protest ended up with additional forces to resolve the problem. Had the author been thorough and honest they would of included two important factors. The area floods during the spring and the amount of trash polluting the area from the protestors leaving their trash and bodily wastes exposed to the elements would of led to disease and contamination putting everyone’s health at serious risk. Like Katmandu they were looking at potential cholera, hepatitis and dysentery. As much as you want to see the ability to protest undeterred, those issues the protestors were setting up by their unclean camps, were of primary concern. Had they been more conscientious there would of been no need to remove them from the area.

    • truck driver

      Canada oil companies pipeline. I seen Canada’s railroad in Wisconsin and Illinois that CN already. Maybe its going to Mexico to get loaded with Mexicans

    • Pateriot

      Arrest all the Leftist protesters…after they’ve beaten them for a while!

    • Anonymous

      Trump is a goner,

      raping 13 year old on Epstein island, guess who has acquired the tape

      • LifeIs

        1. No such thing happened. No visit to the island. No rape of a child.

        2. If there were anything to support your accusation, you would have heard about it during the campaign.

        3. All you did hear was a lawsuit so fraudulent, the attorneys withdrew the suit. Before they had to appear in court, where they would have been fined for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

        4. What kind of victim waits a couple of decades, until the accused is a candidate for President, to tell anybody?

        5. Go ahead with your fake story. It’s done you so much good, so far.

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