Army vets back to Standing Rock – forming a human shield to defend against police

❝ US veterans are returning to Standing Rock and pledging to shield indigenous activists from attacks by a militarized police force, another sign that the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline is far from over.

Army veterans from across the country have arrived in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, or are currently en route after the news that Donald Trump’s administration has allowed the oil corporation to finish drilling across the Missouri river.

❝ The growing group of military veterans could make it harder for police and government officials to try to remove hundreds of activists who remain camped near the construction site and, some hope, could limit use of excessive force by law enforcement during demonstrations….

❝ “We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force,” said Elizabeth Williams, a 34-year-old air force veteran, who arrived at Standing Rock with a group of vets late on Friday. “We’ve stood in the face of fire before. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.”

RTFA. Truly heartwarming to see veterans of our often-unfortunate wars putting their skills and courage to work for Native Americans at the leading edge of resistance to corporate might. Power to you – sisters and brothers.

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One thought on “Army vets back to Standing Rock – forming a human shield to defend against police

  1. Jeremiah 12:11 says:

    Tense meeting ends in giving corps access http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tense-meeting-ends-in-giving-corps-access/article_cb359645-9de5-5f5d-a7a8-792da16516bc.html The camp has to be cleaned up and evacuated by Wednesday, as per the corps’ earlier order. Gov. Doug Burgum doubled down on that this week and issued an immediate evacuation notice to the camp.
    Calpers, the $300bn California pension fund, and more than 120 other investors are calling on banks funding the Dakota Access pipeline to get it rerouted away from Native American land. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article133375399.html See also http://news.bostoncommonasset.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Investor-Statement-to-Banks-Financing-the-Dakota-Access-Pipeline-FINAL-with-signatories-2-17-17.pdf and Japanese protesters demand mega-banks end funding for Dakota pipeline project http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/17/national/japanese-protesters-demand-mega-banks-end-funding-dakota-pipeline-project/

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