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Like a ‘Concentration Camp’ Police Mark DAPL Protesters with Numbers & Lock Them in Dog Kennels

Yet another clash has occurred between police and the North Dakota pipeline protesters.

On Thursday law enforcement officers from five states sporting full riot gear and armed with heavy lethal and nonlethal weaponry, pepper spray, mace, a number of ATVs, five tanks, two helicopters, and military-equipped humvees were deployed to deal with Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and supporters who were protesting peacefully with no weapons.

The convoy was ordered by the Morton County Sheriff’s Office, which has become infamous for it’s recent over-enthusiasm for using forceful measures against protesters.

At least 141 people were arrested in the clash on Thursday, where witnesses reported of numbers being marked on the arrestees’ arms and they were held in cemented floored cells similar to dog kennels before they were transported away.

“It goes back to concentration camp days,” said Oceti-Sakowin coordinator Mekasi Camp-Horinek, who was subjected to this treatment, along with his mother, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Reports suggest that the protest on the side of the water protectors was peaceful, and only after police began being aggressive did the violence start.
Prior to his arrest, Camp-Horinek had established the camp, stating, as cited by Indigenous Rising:

“Today, the Oceti Sakowin has enacted eminent domain on DAPL lands, claiming 1851 treaty rights. This is unceded land. Highway 1806 as of this point is blockaded. We will be occupying this land and staying here until this pipeline is permanently stopped. We need bodies and we need people who are trained in non-violent direct action.  We are still staying non-violent and we are still staying peaceful.”

The protesters tried to keep it as peaceful as they could before the violence started:

“A prayer circle of elders, including several women, was interrupted and all were arrested for standing peacefully on the public road,” stated a press release from Indigenous Environment Network. 

“A tipi was erected in the road and was recklessly dismantled, despite law enforcement statements that they would merely mark the tipi with a yellow ribbon and ask its owners to retrieve it. A group of water protectors was also dragged out of a sweat lodge ceremony erected in the path of the pipeline, thrown to the ground, and arrested.”

It seem that no matter how anti-violence these protest groups remain, the government and other bodies will enforce their rules in the only way they know how-with violence.

The Lakota Country Times editor Brandon Ecoffey wrote in an editorial on Thursday,

“Over the course of the last several months the abuse of detainees by Morton County Law Enforcement has overstepped every boundary guaranteed by the American constitution. Water protectors have been seen being bound and hooded by police. People are being stripped searched and abused within their jail for misdemeanor crimes. And police have employed the use of mass surveillance through drones on the protector camps. This isn’t a war zone this is North Dakota.”

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