Oil pipe­line pro­test­ers burn ve­hi­cles, set road­block

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Pro­test­ers ousted from pri­vate land where they tried to block con­struc­tion of the Dakota Ac­cess oil pipe­line burned ve­hi­cles and built road­blocks along a North Dakota state high­way where they faced off Fri­day with au­thor­i­ties.

Of­fi­cers with bull­horns com­manded the pro­test­ers to leave the road­way, but the ap­prox­i­mately two dozen peo­ple stood in de­fi­ance with their arms in the air.

The con­fronta­tion came a day af­ter hun­dreds of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers forced out a larger en­camp­ment of ac­tivists in what was the most chaotic turn in the month­s­long protest against the pipe­line that the Stand­ing Rock Sioux Tribe and oth­ers ar­gue could en­dan­ger wa­ter sup­plies and dis­turb cul­tural sites.

One road­block on state High­way 1806 used a burned SUV and sheets of ply­wood, and an­other was made up of two burned heavy trucks on a bridge over a small creek.

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