Veterans joining pipeline protest told to prepare for ‘enemy’
As many as 2,000 veterans planning to join the Dakota Access pipeline protest Monday have been advised to bring body armor and gas masks in anticipation of a conflict with local officers, identified as the “enemy.”
In an “operations order” posted online, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock said the “opposing forces” include the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and other “state police agencies and private security contractors.”
“Enemy has rubber/plastic bullets, CS gas, pepper spray and an LRAD sound cannon,” the 11-page order said. “They will be limited in their violence against us by US and international human rights laws, a national press presence and observers from the US Congress.”
The organization has raised over $726,000 on a crowdfunding website to send an estimated 2,000 veterans to support the Standing Rock Sioux, which is trying to stop the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline that runs at its nearest point a half-mile from the reservation.