Over 2,000 USA military veterans plan to gather in North Dakota to form a human shield around the water protectors who have been camped out for months protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
"We want to offer them a moment of peace and, if we can, take a little bit of pressure off", said Ashleigh Jennifer Parker, a Coast Guard veteran and spokeswoman for Veterans Stand for Standing Rock. "Hopefully we can shut this down before Christmas".
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday said for the first time that he supports the completion of the pipeline.
In an operations order created for the event, organizers emphasized the need to stay peaceful, despite the increasingly contentious clashes between protesters and police.
"It's useless for local and state law enforcement, and the order from the Corps is self-serving and amounts to them limiting their liability", Schulz said. Until at least December 7, they will stand beside protesters who oppose the 1,200-mile, four-state Dakota Access pipeline in the first of what is expected to be a series of similar events.
"We agree that it is our constitutional right to assemble and to peacefully protest", council President Russ Stabler told reporters at the West Fargo VFW Post 7564 building.
North Dakota's Republican Sen.
The human shield plan coincides with the date when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, citing safety concerns, has ordered the evacuation of the primary protest camp.
Another issue for the state is the cost of policing the protests, which is up to more than $11.8 million, state Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said November 23. Frigid weather makes some aspects of pipeline construction more hard, engineers interviewed by Reuters said.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said recently that U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be providing Border Patrol agents to help his department, the state Highway Patrol and officers from other states, though he didn't say how many.
Over a hundred people came together at Marilynn's place Thursday night to raise funds and supplies to send to those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline being built through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
The danger, Dalrymple said, comes from the weather.
Protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline encampment sits Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, on private property near Cannon Ball, N.D., owned by the pipeline developer, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. He said the Corps land is in an area where the river has a history of ice jams in the winter and flooding in the spring.
North Dakota leaders will borrow an additional $7 million to cover the cost of law enforcement related to the ongoing protest of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline.
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