Thousands of protesters have pitched tents to fight the North Dakota Pipeline project, but now officials are shutting down the campsites.
Fox News reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has required all remaining 200 to 300 campers to leave the site following a spring flood threat. When protesters did not comply, North Dakota police officers began arresting them.
Cecily Fong, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Emergency Services, said one person was injured and taken away by ambulance after protesters set fires to wooden structures at the site.
At least nine people were arrested during the incident according to law enforcement, but Fox News reports 50 to 75 people are still at the campsite, protesting.
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The protests began during the Obama administration and were successful in halting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, but when Trump took office he reversed Obama’s decision. This prompted authorities to clear sites where protesters were interfering with the pipeline’s completion.
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According to reports, the campsites are littered with trash; 250 loads of trash have been taken from campsites but there is still more.
Authorities bused protesters to Bismarck for food and helped them find lodging.
H/T: Fox News
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