Pipe­line pro­test­ers doused by of­fi­cers in sub­freez­ing weather

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

CAN­NON BALL, N.D. >> Au­thor­i­ties on Mon­day de­fended their de­ci­sion to douse pro­test­ers with wa­ter dur­ing a skir­mish in sub­freez­ing weather near the Dakota Ac­cess oil pipe­line, and or­ga­niz­ers said at least 17 pro­test­ers were taken to the hos­pi­tal — in­clud­ing some who were treated for hy­pother­mia.

Pro­test­ers try­ing to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state high­way late Sun­day and early Mon­day were turned back by au­thor­i­ties us­ing tear gas, rub­ber bul­lets and wa­ter hoses. One of­fi­cer was in­jured when struck in the head with a rock. One protester was ar­rested.

Pro­test­ers and of­fi­cers massed at the bridge again Mon­day morn­ing, but pro­test­ers dis­persed a few hours later at the re­quest of tribal el­ders.

The tribe and others op­pose the 1,200-mile, four-state pipe­line be­ing built to carry oil from western North Dakota to a ship­ping point in Illi­nois be­cause they say it threat­ens drink­ing wa­ter and cultural sites.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.