In the evening on Sunday, November 20th, heavily armed and militarized police from the Morton County Sheriff's and other agencies descended on a public highway near the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota to violently disrupt peaceful on-going protests which have been underway since August in opposition of the proposed Dakota Access Pipe Line (#DAPL). With temperatures dipping below freezing, the use of water canons against U.S. citizens simply for standing near a public highway is an excessive use of force which endangered as many as 500.
Indigenous group continues to be brutalized by militarized police forces
Despite condemnation by the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, an assortment of private and public police forces in North Dakota, continue to brutalize U.S. citizens on American soil for exercising their freedom to gather and assemble. The ACLU, Amnesty International, and United Nations have all openly labeled actions taking place on behalf of police forces against protesters in North Dakota, as crimes against humanity, in violation of international conventions on human rights and in opposition of U.S. protections around the right to free speech and peaceful assembly.
In regards to Sunday evenings events, the Morton County Sheriff's released a statement which denies the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and water canons against protesters despite multiple live feeds and captured drone footage which paint a very different picture of events. All in all, it is unclear how many protesters may have sustained serious wounds following last night's events or how many may be ensnared in Morton County holding facilities. For the last three weeks, evidence has been mounting to suggest truly horrific actions of violence being perpetrated by law enforcement in North Dakota against the #standing rock sioux and their supporters who are collectively known as the Water Protectors. This latest news only adds to the body of evidence which suggests illegal actions being carried out by the Morton County Sherriff's Department.
President Obama and many other foreign leaders and celebrities have come out to support the Standing Rock Sioux but as this situation continues to unfold, it is unclear who or what will resolve this unimaginably tragic saga as it continues to unfold. It is the responsibility of all free people around the world to denounce the on-going violence being perpetrated in North Dakota.
The Water Protectors need international observers and support
No U.S. citizen should be sprayed with a water canon in sub-zero temperatures!
No U.S. citizen should be threatened with sexual violence, caged without clothes or access to adequate medical treatment!
No U.S. citizen should be forced to endure rationalizing how those tasked with protecting and serving their community, could lie about what is happening in their neighborhood!
No U.S. citizen should be the victim of violence carried out by the police! #Water is Life