One woman’s Facebook post about allegedly getting shot by a rubber bullet at Standing Rock highlights just how dire the situation has become for protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
Standing Rock protestor shot with rubber bullet
'What is happening here in North Dakota is like nothing I have ever seen in my life.'
Journalist and activist Erin Schrode wrote in a post on Wednesday that police fired rubber bullets at Standing Rock protesters who have gathered to condemn the DAPL. Her post follows multiple reports that police have used rubber bullets and pepper spray against protesters at Standing Rock.
Schrode expressed disappointment over the police treatment of protesters in her post:
“My body will be okay, but I am hurting, I am incensed, I am weeping, I am scared,” she wrote. “Peaceful, prayerful, unarmed, nonviolent people on one side of a river; militarized police with armed vehicles and assault weapons occupying treaty land on the other, where sacred burial grounds have already been destroyed. What is happening here in North Dakota is like nothing I have ever seen in my life, anywhere in the world.”
She also criticized President Barack Obama’s recent comments to NowThisNews that he is going to wait for the situation to “play out” in the coming weeks:
“It is inexcusable for the President Obama to say he will ‘let it play out for several more weeks.’ It is unjustifiable for the Attorney General to not be here. It is unconscionable for mainstream media to not cover this.”
The proposed 1,100 plus mile-long pipeline would extend from North Dakota to Illinois and carry around 470,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Energy Transfer Partners, an energy company in Texas, has argued that the pipeline would create up to 12,000 construction jobs and boost the economy, The New York Times reported. Opponents of the DAPL say it could create environmental problems and contaminate the water supplyof the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. ATTN: reached out to Schrode for further comment and will update this piece if she responds.
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