#NODAPL: Fight for Water Protectors

North Dakota Governor, North Dakota National Guard, Morton County Sheriff Department

Now that it’s December, North Dakota water protectors are enduring harsh winter conditions: freezing temperatures and snow. And the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and the North Dakota National Guard are using this to their advantage.

For the last months as part of their plan to break up the #NoDAPL prayer camps, the Sheriff’s Department has been using tear gas, rubber bullets, flashbangs, and most recently and worryingly, water cannons, to push protesters back. In subfreezing temperatures, outdoors and without any active warming locations, medics are worried that many protesters drenched in water will freeze to death.

In addition to this violent treatment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just announced that it will close public access to the site of the Standing Rock protest camp on December 5.  Although the announcement did not name plans to forcibly remove protesters, this will cut off crucial supplies to the camp. Additionally, anyone who remains at the protest camp will face citations and possible arrests -- consistently denying the water protectors’ freedom to assembly and to their sovereign land.

This is a critical moment for the water protectors fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Help fight for them.

Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, the National Guard, and Morton County Sheriff now to condemn the violence that water protectors have faced by the state. Demand that they honor water protectors’ right to their sovereign land and freedom to assembly.


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