Pipe­line con­cert hosts protest con­cert

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

HAVE you no­ticed any of your friends “check­ing in” on Face­book to the Stand­ing Rock In­dian Reser­va­tion page?

A wave of more than 1 mil­lion users have done just that, de­spite phys­i­cal lo­ca­tions around the world and even in Myan­mar – all to show sup­port for the Sioux tribe who fears their drink­ing wa­ter and sa­cred lands will be de­stroyed by the planned con­struc­tion path of the Dakota Ac­cess Pipe­line.

Rocker Dave Matthews joined the move­ment ear­lier this week by one­up­ping all the so­cial me­dia so­cial jus­tice war­riors and an­nounc­ing a con­cert to sup­port Na­tive Amer­i­cans op­posed to an oil pipe­line af­ter po­lice forcibly dis­persed pro­test­ers.

The Stand­ing Rock Sioux have led ef­forts to block con­struc­tion of the pipe­line that would start in North Dakota, say­ing it would en­dan­ger the tribe’s wa­ter sup­ply and de­stroy its sa­cred sites.

Matthews said he would lead a con­cert on Novem­ber 27 in Wash­ing­ton to raise money for sup­plies and le­gal as­sis­tance for the pro­test­ers.

The rocker said that more acts would be an­nounced for the show at the his­toric DAR Con­sti­tu­tion Hall, to be fol­lowed a day later by anti-pipe­line ac­tivism around the US cap­i­tal.

“How can we con­tinue to al­low oil money to dic­tate our en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial poli­cies? The peo­ple of Stand­ing Rock, and those who are sup­port­ing them, are stand­ing up for their chil­dren and all of our chil­dren,” Matthews said in a state­ment.

“We are let­ting the Dakota pipe­line si­lence their voices. Not only are they des­e­crat­ing sa­cred lands, but they also threaten to poi­son the Mis­souri River.”

The South African-born, USraised singer and gui­tarist has en­joyed a wide fol­low­ing since the 1990s with his Dave Matthews Band’s style of bluesy soft rock.

While the group’s fan base was once syn­ony­mous with main­stream taste, Matthews has been in­creas­ingly out­spo­ken about his left-lean­ing pol­i­tics.

Po­lice last week ar­rested pro­test­ers en masse, out­rag­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and Na­tive Amer­i­can ac­tivists who called the tac­tics heavy-handed.

The builders of the Dakota Ac­cess Pipe­line in­sist that the project com­plies with the law, and au­thor­i­ties say pro­test­ers do not have the right to block high­ways or pri­vate prop­erty.

Photo: AFP

Dave Matthews has an­nounced a protest con­cert against the pro­posed pipe­line through the Stand­ing Rock Sioux ter­ri­tory in North Dakota.

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