Trump Thugs Attack, Vets form Human Shield at Standing Rock

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US veterans are returning to Standing Rock to support and protect Native American protesters as the Dakota Access Pipeline continues to meet resistance despite President Trump’s executive order to continue construction of the $3.7 billion pipeline.

The veterans are gathering in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, with many on their way.

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“We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force,” Air Force veteran Elizabeth Williams told the Guardian. “We’ve stood in the face of fire before. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has vowed to fight the president’s order to push ahead with the pipeline despite the US Army Corps of Engineers stating it would cancel its planned environmental impact study and grant a permit for construction of the final phase of the pipeline beneath Lake Oahe to go ahead.

The protest camps are being prepared for flooding that is expected to come as temperatures increase. The veterans’ presence will present a challenge to law enforcement wishing to remove water protectors from the area.

Previous clashes between security officials and protesters have been violent, with police deploying water cannons, rubber bullets and teargas at protesters. Private contractors also set dogs on the demonstrators.

The Veterans Stand group is fundraising for the protesters who continue to resist the pipeline being built by Energy Transfer Partners, and has raised close over $220,000 so far. It said the increase in “turmoil and uncertainty” at Standing Rock has inspired them to act.

More than 1,000 veterans came to Standing Rock in December. Whilst there, they apologized to Native Americans for the US government’s treatment of the country’s indigenous people. Veterans Stand doesn’t expect the same veteran presence as before, but it will provide support to the camps through its fundraising.

“The biggest misconception is that Veterans Stand wants to do anything aggressive in response,” Veterans Stand founder Michael Wood Jr told CNN. “People want to do something and they just don’t know what to do. We just want to give people a platform.”

“We’re not coming as fighters, but as protectors,” Jake Pogue, a Marine Corps vet, told the Guardian. “Our role in that situation would be to simply form a barrier between water protectors and the police force and try to take some of that abuse for them.”

“Finally, it’s the US military coming on to Sioux land to help, for the first time in history, instead of coming on to Sioux land to kill natives,” veteran Dan Luker said.

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8 Responses to "Trump Thugs Attack, Vets form Human Shield at Standing Rock"

  1. NortonSmitty  February 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Any truth to the rumor that the hired Mercenaries are from an Israeli company so ofr course they will treat the Protesters like Palestinians? No snark, I got word from a Vet brother there they had a foreign accent

  2. zman  February 13, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Really now, who is truly surprised at this? Those that are need to look up the word ‘naive’.

    • NortonSmitty  February 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      I suppose you have a point here somewhere. Want to give us a clue what side you believe naive?

  3. drbhelthi  February 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    In order to fulfill his promise to Americans who voted him into the presidency, Mr. Trump should honor the treaty that was made with the original inhabitants of what is now named the United States of America. All territories that were granted to the tribes of original inhabitants of the USA, which are called reservations, deserve to be protected by the Government of the USA, led by the president of the USA.
    These reservations were granted to the tribes as indicated, to be controlled by the leadership of the tribes. All attempts from the BLM or other agencies of the USGov to acquire minerals or valuable properties within these reservations should be stopped, and reparations made for any damages to persons, properties and minerals that were removed from these territories.
    President Trump should lead in the effort to protect reservations and the inhabitants from all outside harm.

  4. David Odell  February 12, 2017 at 8:17 am

    At one point, a group of elderly folks sitting on the ground in prayer were snatched and roughed up. Police confiscated all of their sacred items, in many cases heirlooms, and later the items were found in a pile with feces and urine on them. Many stories are not able to be told at this time, due to up coming court cases. The sheer brutality by police and the racist hateful garbage spewing from the mouths of their support group is embarrassing to any uniform. They were laughing as they sprayed the people with freezing water. They were laughing as they aimed for the groins and heads with rubber bullets. I have never heard a police line antagonizing folks with abusive language and insults the way they have in ND.

    • David Odell  February 12, 2017 at 8:22 am

      When the ACE denied the permit, and promised to complete a full EIS, they did so with consideration of the history and it was mentioned. It was the first time that had happened and to a people under siege for 500 years, it was a sign that maybe the monster had a heart. For the Army to rescind that promise and go back on their word, is harmful to the integrity of the ACE, Army and long range views on pipelines in general. Now, obtaining those permits and easements is not going to be easier, but harder. So, it was stupid on multiple counts. No honor, no integrity, and no moral center. Flat out, the worst case of environmental racism ever.

  5. Doc Walt  February 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    So, is it a human SHIED or a human SHIELD?

  6. joetv  February 11, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I am attending the Standing Rock/pipeline protests in LA. It is no longer optional, but one’s duty owed to humanity. Support life.

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