Photos by Conor Handley
The following are retrieved photos and status updates from Facebook which have captured some of the starkest images of the efforts of water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their efforts against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the multiple law enforcement agencies which have come to repress the peoples’ efforts.
October 30, 2016
November 2, 2016
Today many of our protectors tried to cross the river to pray on top of a hill where Oceti Sakowin ancestors are buried, this place has been desecrated by the police and DAPL.
The militarized police responded with brutal force, a young man was shot point blank with a rubber bullet and has been coughing up blood, another woman was shot by one of heavily armed officers on a boat.
Many of our people tried crossing the river after police destroyed our makeshift bridge, some of them are in critical condition after they were gassed and maced by police and went into shock from the freezing cold waters.
Other brave people kept going back by boat to rescue those that were struggling in the cold water but police in their own boat attempted to stop them.
These are WAR CRIMES, we are unarmed we are peaceful, no one even lifted a finger against these cops today. I am disgusted by the state of North Dakota and by this country that continues to perpetuate its genocide against Indigenous Peoples.
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