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400 DAPL protesters ‘trapped on bridge’ as police fire tear gas, water cannon

400 DAPL protesters ‘trapped on bridge’ as police fire tear gas, water cannon

400 DAPL protesters ‘trapped on bridge’ as police fire tear gas, water cannon
November 22
23:12 2016

400 DAPL protesters ‘trapped on bridge’ as police fire tear gas, water cannon (VIDEO)

 

Published time: 21 Nov, 2016 02:14

Demonstrators protesting against Dakota Access Pipeline say they are trapped on a bridge as North Dakota police fire tear gas, water cannon and concussion grenades at them, according to live reports on social media.

The demonstration is taking place on Highway 1806, just north of the main protest camp against the pipeline.

Demonstrators protesting against Dakota Access Pipeline say they are trapped on a bridge as North Dakota police fire tear gas, water cannon and concussion grenades at them, according to live reports on social media.

The demonstration is taking place on Highway 1806, just north of the main protest camp against the pipeline.

Officers have deployed water cannon on the protesters in below-freezing temperatures, and are using LRAD sound devices. Earlier, there were reports of rubber bullets fired. Vehicles which appear to be armored humvees have arrived at the scene.

Video of water cannons being used on protectors in 26°F/-3°C at barricades at barricades in North Dakota 📷: @johnkdangers #NoDAPLpic.twitter.com/L8gYUglJ9v

— IndigenousEnviroNet (@IENearth) November 21, 2016

Ppl trapped on bridge r getting bombarded with round after round of tear gas https://t.co/a3XazHZfQf#NoDAPL@UR_Ninja

— WomenForSurvival (@WMN4SRVL) November 21, 2016

Stand off on bridge as water protectors try to remove 2nd truck. Police firing tear gas pic.twitter.com/9uKAqxuQdZ

— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) November 21, 2016

A livestream of the incident has been posted to Facebook Live by Kevin Gilbertt, who claims protesters are trapped on a bridge and being forced to endure tear gas.

“The options are endure the tear gas or trample each other,” Gilbertt says, adding that other protesters are bringing blankets to those trapped on the bridge.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has shared Gilbertt’s feed, adding a message in support of protesters:

“President Obama must take all appropriate measures to protect the safety of the Native American protesters and their supporters who have gathered peacefully to oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

.@POTUS must protect the safety of Native Americans and their supporters who have gathered peacefully to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. https://t.co/dgNOwwvhLw

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 21, 2016

A statement from Morton County, where the protest is taking place, has put the estimated number of demonstrators at around 400 people, noting that one person has been arrested.

It went on to state that protesters have attempted to start multiple fires at the scene.

“Officers on the scene are describing protester’s [sic] actions as very aggressive. Protesters have also engaged in organized tactical movement and attempted to flank and attack the law enforcement line from the west,” the statement claims.

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