Greenpeace Responds to Forced Removal of Water Protectors

Credit: © Richard Bluecloud Castaneda / Greenpeace.
A tattered US flag tied to a stick is symbolic of the struggle at Standing Rock that began in April. Water Protectors and authorities faced off after vehicles were burned in the night at a blockade on the Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806. After another round of tense standoffs between activists and law enforcement over the Dakota Access Pipeline, an uneasy peace settled over this region that has become ground zero for opposition to a $3.7 billion project that would move domestic crude oil across four states. Credit: © Richard Bluecloud Castaneda / Greenpeace.

By Cassady Craighill, Greenpeace

In solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock who are scheduled to be forcibly removed by the Trump administration at 2pm local time on February 22, 2017, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Mary Sweeters said:

“This country owes a great deal of gratitude and respect to the 300 Indigenous communities and counting who united at Standing Rock to oppose this disastrous pipeline and affirm their rights as sovereign nations. These water protectors inspired people around the world by standing up for the right to clean water and a future free from fossil fuels. Allies around the world acting in solidarity with Standing Rock cannot stop now. We must expose every institution pushing the Dakota Access Pipeline project through and projects like it.

Let’s not forget that Trump has personally invested in Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, and despite his claims to sever his personal business ties, there has been zero evidence of that. We cannot let Trump profit off of the pain of people in this country, most notably the people of Standing Rock whose water the pipeline will impact.”

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