“Today’s situation clearly illustrates what we have been saying for weeks, that this protest is not peaceful or lawful,”said Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. “It was obvious to our officers who responded that the protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior during this event. This protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities.”
Three blockades in all were established on Sunday “to ensure the protection of this new camp from overtly militarized law enforcement,” the release says. The Highway 1806 blockade was lifted around 5:00pm CDT, according to videographer Unicorn Riot.
Law Enforcement to protesters who illegally blocked 1806. “If something happens, you will be liable. I’m worried about the people in Standing Rock needing emergency services and that includes everybody right here. You need to clear this up because if anything would happen medically, fire, emergency services, we have to be able to get through.” Watch the video here:
The Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) camp coordinator Mekasi Camp-Horinek said Oceti Sakowin’s new frontline camp — just east of State Highway 1806 and 2.5 miles north of the Cannonball River, along the proposed path of the pipeline — is part of an occupation that is planned to persist “until the pipeline is permanently stopped.”
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