Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Hit With Water Cannons, Tear Gas, and Rubber Bullets

Screengrab via YouTube.
Screengrab via YouTube.

Late on Sunday, protesters at the encampment near the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux reservation were corralled on a bridge and assaulted by police with water cannons, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. The police are characterizing the incident as a “riot.”

CNN reports that protesters attempted to cross Backwater Bridge, north of the camp site, in an attempt to walk on Highway 1806. RT reports that some protesters were using a semi truck in an attempt to remove burnt-out military vehicles near the bridge that were left over from a protest earlier in November, and that’s what sparked the confrontation.

Police are also saying that several fires were started on the bridge, and that their use of water cannons on a night that fell to 28 degrees Fahrenheit was necessary to control both the protesters and the flames. Video captured by drones does show some seemingly contained fires, but at a distance from where protesters are being sprayed:


Only one person was arrested out of the reported 400 on the bridge, but a number of people have supposedly been shot in the face and head by rubber bullets.


Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted a livefeed of the protest at the President, saying he should protect the protesters:

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What a contrast to the Bundy occupation. Maybe if they were armed and white and had absolutely no claim to the land and water, they’d be treated like actual American citizens.