Vet­er­ans join­ing pipe­line protest told to pre­pare for ‘en­emy’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Va­lerie Richard­son

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.

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