Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Update on Dakota Access Pipeline protest

It seems my earlier remarks about the ongoing struggle between Energy Transfer Partners and the Standing Rock Sioux nation have only been reinforced by the latest developments. Keep in mind this is treaty land that the federal government acquired by breaking its own laws and the pipeline is planned to run across and under the Missouri river, the main source of water for the Sioux and Lakota people, not but half a mile from their reservation.

24 hours after the tribal nation's former historic preservationist surveyed burial sites and filed court documents concerning said burial sites, Dakota Access employees drove bulldozers 20 miles from the nearest construction site and razed the burial grounds. When protesters attempted to stop the razing of burial grounds, the hired thugs of Energy Transfer Partners unleashed attack dogs and assailed protesters with tear gas and pepper spray.

This pipeline protest isn't just about amerindians because ultimately all of our interests are at stake in Cannonball, North Dakota. If you are of the persuasion that rule of law and constitutionally limited government should be the order of the day, then which side you sympathize with should be a no brainer. If you are of the persuasion that countries should abide by international law and especially the UN Declaration of the rights of indigenous people, then which side you sympathize with should also be a no brainer. If you are a Stein supporting democratic socialist who believes renewable energy and protecting traditionally marginalized groups is the way forward, then which side you sympathize with is just as much a no brainer. Only neoliberal dupes or shills who like unabated corporate capitalism with government handouts to prop it up side with Energy Transfer Partners.

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