After stand­off, pipe­line pro­test­ers stay nearby

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

Pro­test­ers try­ing to block the Dakota Ac­cess oil pipe­line were stay­ing near their en­camp­ment Satur­day fol­low­ing two days of con­fronta­tions that re­sulted in more than a hun­dred ar­rests and a bar­ri­cade of burned-out ve­hi­cles block­ing a North Dakota high­way.

A hand­ful of peo­ple walked along the high­way early Satur­day as camp­fires burned at the nearby camp where hun­dreds of pro­test­ers are stay­ing. About half a dozen law en­force­ment ve­hi­cles were parked along the high­way near Can­non Ball, a town about 50 miles south of Bis­marck.

There was no im­me­di­ate word on pro­test­ers’ plans at the site, but an af­ter­noon rally at the state Capi­tol in Bis­marck is ex­pected to fea­ture landown­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers en­cour­ag­ing sup­port­ers to take ac­tion how­ever they can.

As many as 50 pro­test­ers gath­ered Fri­day be­hind heavy ply­wood sheets and the burned ve­hi­cles, fac­ing a line of con­crete bar­ri­ers, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and po­lice.

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