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Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police | #NoDAPL

A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them

DAPL goes to court –> As work continues on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Associated Press reports that a federal judge in Washington, DC, will hear arguments later today about whether or not construction should be halted while lawsuits filed by the Standing Rock Sioux against the pipeline play out.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that military veterans from across the country are planning to stand in support of the Native Amerians and block the pipeline. “The growing group of military veterans could make it harder for police and government officials to try to remove hundreds of activists who remain camped near the construction site and, some hope, could limit use of excessive force by law enforcement during demonstrations,” Sam Levin writes. Elizabeth Williams, a 34-year-old air force veteran, tells Levin, “We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force. We’ve stood in the face of fire before. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.”

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13 thoughts on “Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police | #NoDAPL

  1. The vets will bring this issue to a head. Violence must not be inflicted upon them, or it will be like a cannon shot fired around the world. For God’s sake, the U.S. President must be for people and democracy over personal profits.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! I remember hearing about the DAPL during Trump’s executive order flurry when he first took office, but I hadn’t seen much follow up until I found your post!

    Strength to the men and women making a stand!

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