Not to Forget What Human Rights Violations Happened in Standing Rock on Sunday

Submitted by: lalapancakes 4 months ago News & Politics

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It was 8:09pm, Sunday night, and my friend posted some upsetting news on his Facebook wall. North Dakota police were enacting a full on assault at that very moment against Standing Rock protesters. The tactics they were using against protesters involved spraying them in sub freezing temperatures with water cannons, launching mace grenades at them, and shooting them with rubber bullets. The scene looked like utter chaos in the many of the videos being shot live.

https://twitter.com/rtyson82/status/800575599974682624 https://twitter.com/McKennaEwen/status/800797336121249794

The North Dakota police including Morton County Sheriff looked like they were aiming blasts of water directly at the open skin and faces of the protesters. Some protesters had to call for medics after taking rubber bullet rounds to their heads and faces. The medics, themselves talked about skin sloughing off as water hit flesh in the freezing temperatures. All in total, according to the next day tally from the Intercept, 300 peaceful protesters went to medic care for hypothermia, frost bite, ect... with 26 having more serious injuries. One woman is even going to have to have her leg amputated.

https://twitter.com/UR_Ninja/status/800909516393029632

In a disgraceful show of slow response, the televised media had to by heckled through social media and print media to even bother covering what happened to the protesters on Monday, the following day. Often getting their facts way wrong claiming protesters were throwing rocks and setting the bridge on fire when in fact nothing was being thrown and the protesters had wood based fires to stay warm in 23f degree weather. The initiation of the protest was apparently started as protestors made an attempt to clear the way of the direct highway route to Bismark.

https://twitter.com/AnonLove253FTP/status/800831412404305922

Along with the mockery of slow televison news response, the cops involved in the incident claimed violence and riots on the part of the protesters during a Monday press conference. They also deny using a water canon. But past events have told us the security and police at the protest have lodged fake complaints to justify over-aggresion before, and if you look at the videos for those supposed riots it's clear there were none.

 
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Male 6,223
Just an FYI, I have a two cousins on scene protesting. I trust their eye witness accounts they were both saying how hospitals won't accept injured protesters. It's hearsay, right now but I trust what they tell me. From what my younger cousin says he stated that they've been peaceful, they set fires to stay warm but the forces up there are trying to create a narrative that the natives are the ones causing the problems. Absolutely untrue, the security makes up stories to justify force. I'm taking my cousins perspective into account because they are there on site.
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Male 1,255
Exactly @normalfreak2. I have friends up there too saying the same thing. The mercenaries and cops already got caught lying calling a peace pipe a "pipe bomb." There's a media blackout and anything that sounds sinister is generally the media taking to police's word for it from the press conferences. There's f'ing footage! They don't get to lie.
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Male 142
Anyone ever seen the movie "The Purge"? Coming soon to a town near you.
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Male 1,141
All post to this thread have been blocked not on just this particular post but all posts about the pipeline. I guess they don't like my opinion about the protests.
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Male 3,997
@casaledana: Did they get erased? Were they blocked by the spam bot? Or are they like my main comment on in this post "awaiting moderation" for hours? Did you also notice the new "Comments are closed" banner on other posts. That's definitely the first I've seen of that.
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Male 1,141
my last post is in reply to my canceled posts
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Male 1,141
Is this a fear of some one else opinion.
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Male 1,141
Why is it every time I write a narrative critical of the Indians its never posted?
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Male 1,141
ya cheap gas I know how that hurts the poor. Trying to stop a pipe line that will be undistinguishable from the land scape in a year. that has been cleared by EPA and Those people that check for historical damage. And this is about a pipe line that does not cross into the Indian Reservation. Do you know how many rivers and wet lands that pipe lines in America cross? Hundreds or thousands which ever is more. Let the pipe line go thorough and in a few years no one will remember it.
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Male 7,524
Hmmm...kinda one sided report here...Some say 300 went to hospital....others say 17 or 24 (seeing as hospital records can easily be checked, I know which I'm leaning toward). This says 'protesters weren't doin nuthin', others say a group of about 400 tried to force through the barricades. Wish the injured girl the best possible outcome.
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Male 1,255
Everything I've seen is 300 people were treated at a gym by medics and then around 30 went to the actual hospital.
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Male 3,997
The post makes it seem as though these were people who didn't know what was about to happen and the police are trying to hide things. Firstly, the police were using some trucks the protesters had burned out in an earlier clash as a barricade. The police report that after several repeated warnings the police began using less-than-lethal deterrents when at 8:30pm a very aggressive crowd of 400 people began moving past the police barricade, flanking it from the west and attacking the police line, injuring one officer. This post claims "The initiation of the protest was apparently started as protesters made an attempt to clear the way of the direct highway route to Bismark" which is not only misleading but false. Dallas Goldtooth one of the protest organizers said they were trying to move the trucks to expose the authorities behind them. Although this slant is understandable considering the Intercept article that is linked appears to insinuate that the reason the protesters were doing this was to open a path for EMS. The quote from the intercept is "Beyond the burned-out vehicles stood cement road barriers topped with razor wire, behind which police and other security officials have been standing guard since the end of October. Its presence means a detour for those traveling between the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and the city of Bismarck, including emergency medical services." Yet it wasn't the police barricade blocking the road that cause the detour, the bridge even if it was cleared could not be used for EMS as the bridge was closed in October 27 by the transportation authority due to the fact that the structural integrity of the bridge is now dangerous due to protester fires. In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers charged Morton County with preventing protesters from trespassing on land north of the camp as well. link For this reason the near by Cannon Ball gym and Oceti Sakowin camp had make shift medical facility's with winterized structures set up so that emergencies could be quickly addresses. This post also insinuates that the police were trying to hide that they used water cannons when it says "They also deny using a water canon." This is related to a comment made at a press conference on Monday where Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said "We don’t have water cannons, this is just a fire hose." Department spokeswoman Donnell Hushka also told CNN as it was occurring "There are multiple fires being set by protesters on the bridge and in the area of the bridge. We have firetrucks on the scene. They are using their fire hoses to put out the fires, wet the land around so fires don’t spread, and they are also using water as crowd control." link Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said: "It was sprayed more as a mist, and we didn’t want to get it directly on them, but we wanted to make sure to use it as a measure to help keep everybody safe." The fires included not only the "peaceful bonfires" but also several growing grass fires. Per usual protesters said police started the fires and police said the protesters started them. link Protesters also claim that police fired a concussion grenade which lead to a woman having her limb amputated. Yet police dispute this saying that they didn't use concussion grenades or anything that could have caused that harm. Instead they said they believe it was a propane bottle bomb rigged by a protester. link
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Male 3,997
It's unfortunate, but the crowd was trespassing and did not have the right to protest, they had shown violence, they had damaged the bridge to the point where it was ruled unsafe, they had damaged the construction equipment, grass fires were spreading (which if you look at the pictures had flames of 12 feet high or more), they tried to flank a police line, tear down the police barrier, and injured a police officer, and finally stood under the water themselves and ended up with hypothermia. I don't think the police acted inappropriately. Activists like Mark Ruffalo may say he has never been around so peaceful a stand but we know that protesters were throwing Molotov cocktails at law enforcement and burning equipment earlier in the protest, the burnt trucks in the barricade are proof enough of that. Let alone when you have the protest organizers like Dallas Goldtooth saying they were apart of a 400 man push trying to flank and expose officers, then no one can really deny that the demonstration was getting out of control. They were the ones breaking the law, they were the one standing under the water for hours. I say they should be thankful they got a little wet instead of getting clubbed with batons, which the police could have legally done if they wanted to.
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Male 1,255
I have wondered how the trucks became burnt but the protestors argued about the fires being set, saying they're to stay warm. They've argued the bridge was never set fire to, just items on the bridge. Do you have a link on the officer who was injured? I've read five articles and a slew of comments and haven't seen that story. There was clearly a canister they shot out as shown in the unicorn riot photo above. Thanks for your side, rich.
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Male 3,997
@LaLaPancakes: Yea, apparently the officer was hit in the head with a rock. CNN reported: "The sheriff's department did not say how many protesters were injured, but said an officer was in fair condition after being hit in the head by a rock. One person was arrested, police said." The protesters deny ever setting fire to the bridge in this particular incident but multiple media outlets reported on the violence of the October 27 incident where according to The Washington Times: "Activists threw rocks, burned tires, set blazes, lobbed Molotov cocktails and even fired gunshots as officers in riot gear moved to clear protesters Thursday from a camp illegally blocking the Dakota Access pipeline route." That's were the fire damage came from and after the North Dakota Department of Transportation reviewed the damage they closed the route due to the fact that they believed the structural integrity of the bridge was now dangerous. Also from everything I've read, including the statements from the protesters who said that people were peaceful and praying around the bondfires at around 6:00 pm, the police didn't start to fire rubber bullets or spray water until after protesters began pulling down the barricade and flanking them. From everything I'm gathering the police were cool with the protesters staying warm until they rushed the police and after that the police wanted to just shut down the protest before it devolved into another incident like on October 27th. Also the unicorn riot photo above shows a opened CS gas grenade not a concussion grenade, you'll notice as well it is opened but not fragmented meaning it did not cause the shrapnel wound. Law enforcement initially used CS gas to control the protesters but wind conditions caused it to be ineffective. Law enforcement has already recovered 3 propane bombs that rioters rolled on the ground toward the police line. Lt. Iverson who saw the whole incident said after the bomb exploded "Several protesters ran to the area, pulled a female from under the vehicle, and fled the scene." link
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Male 3,997
@LaLaPancakes: I'm not so sure, I've seen plenty of reports that favor both sides. Yet here is the thing, there are hospital reports for the innocent motorist who was car jacked and shot by the crowd of protesters and the police who was hit by the rock. We have statements by the leaders of the protest that they did intentionally rush the police and begin ripping down the barrier trying to expose the police. We have pictures of wildfires being set and burnt trucks with protester graffiti all over them. They've found the propane bombs and glass from the Molotov cocktails. Hell the police have the .38 caliber handgun that was used to try and kill a police officer, along with the woman who admits she was the one who used it. Also in reference to that YouTube video, the CS gas grenades were fired off around 8:00pm before the water was used and the girl was injured at around 3:00am. There is a ton of physical evidence that doesn't support the protesters case, including other protesters statements.
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Male 1,255
Got it. A lot of the media hasn't been allowed to be present to actually see the reports and have just been taking the word of the police. "Journalist and Native American Mark Trahant told MPR News host Tom Weber that these discrepancies are a result of media not being in the field with the protesters. "This is the one where the missing media is critical," said Trahant. During various campaigns of civil disobedience in history, the media has been there to observe. "That's not happening here, you have people quoting each side who aren't there," he said." https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/22/media-blackout-standing-rock Then there's the word of the protesters who have been there to see it first hand... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gOIQm2p8Jw&t=317s @richanddead
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Male 1,810
police forces for the wealthy, defending the interests of the wealthy, to ensure the increase of wealth for the wealthy. Then the wealthy using their influence to twist the story to make the police forces to appear "just" and "right". It's quite a shame what the love for money has done to the nation, it's clearly in it's twilight years as an empire - just a matter of time now.
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Female 3,293
but encourage BLM to burn down cities... fuck this govt....
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Male 1,255
It's hard for me to think about it in the simplest terms after living across the street from Occupy LA and watching LAPD take bus loads of people who just got out of jail and dropping them off in the camp. The camp was peaceful till the cops did shit like that. The BLM group here is profoundly peaceful and straight forward. No one can join them without a few people to vouch for you. The way the protests get manipulated are some cointelpro shit. Dislike.
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