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Gottinger writes: "The police have changed the story of how Sophia Wilansky was hurt three times, according to her father. He also said police are intentionally hurting people in an attempt to deter new protesters from joining those already at Standing Rock."

Police use a water cannon on Standing Rock protesters on Monday November 21, 2016. (photo: Stephanie Keith/Reuters)
Police use a water cannon on Standing Rock protesters on Monday November 21, 2016. (photo: Stephanie Keith/Reuters)


Police Are Deliberately Hurting Standing Rock Protesters to Deter Others From Coming, Father of Injured Protester Claims

By Paul Gottinger, Reader Supported News

23 November 16

 

few hundred people gathered for a prayer vigil Tuesday evening outside the Minneapolis hospital where 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky was recovering from her injury at Standing Rock.

Witnesses say her arm was severely damaged when an officer pulled the pin on a stun grenade, and held it, then timed the throw so the grenade would explode exactly as it hit her. Witnesses say the police threw the grenade directly at Ms. Wilansky as she was backing away from the police. The grenade explosion caused bone, muscles and arteries to be blown from her arm, according to her father, Wayne Wilansky.

Ms. Wilansky was airlifted to a Minneapolis hospital, where she has undergone multiple surgeries to save her arm, though it’s not yet clear whether doctors will need to amputate. Wayne Wilansky said his daughter may need up to 20 surgeries, and if she keeps her arm it will have very minor functionality.

Mr. Wilansky says FBI agents, including a representative from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, kept his daughter prisoner inside her hospital room yesterday. The agents didn’t say why they were there for hours, but they eventually collected his daughter’s clothing. Mr. Wilansky says he reached a verbal agreement with the FBI that they will give the Wilansky family access to the clothing to forensically test it themselves.

Police have denied responsibility for the injury to Ms. Wilansky, but her father said, “My daughter, who was completely conscious, says that they threw a grenade right at her.” Multiple witnesses also say Ms. Wilansky was injured due to a police grenade.

Mr. Wilansky continued, “I spoke to the surgeon myself directly. They took shrapnel out of her arm, so it’s pretty clear that it’s a grenade and they're going to save that shrapnel. It's going to stay in pathology until it's needed. There's proof. There's evidence that our government is throwing grenades at our people who are there peacefully protesting."

The police have changed the story of how Ms. Wilansky was hurt three times, according to her father. He also said police are intentionally hurting people in an attempt to deter new protesters from joining those already at Standing Rock.

“It’s unbelievable that governments are violently attacking citizens who are there peacefully in an attempt not to control the protest, not to protect property, but to potentially damage people, to hurt people on purpose so that other people won’t come.”

The authorities blocked medical help from reaching injured protesters, according to Mr. Wilansky.

“They are intentionally blocking ambulances from getting to the site. One of the things that hampered [my daughter’s] healing process was that it took her 6 to 8 hours to get to a hospital where they could do this kind of surgery. [Ambulances] don’t have any access to the roads. They stopped people from getting through.”

Despite her injury, Ms. Wilansky has asked that the attention be kept on the people of Standing Rock.

“Sophia said please go out there and say it’s not about me, it’s about the indigenous peoples. Even though she’s lying there with her arm pretty much blown off, she’s focused on the fact that it’s not about her. It’s about what we’re doing to our country and what we’re doing to the native peoples and what we’re doing to our environment,” her father said.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been fighting to stop the 1,170 mile Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for seven months.

DAPL is planned to go under the Missouri River just a half-mile north of the Standing Rock reservation. The pipeline would cross culturally significant areas, and any spill would have a devastating impact on the reservation’s water. The reservation already faces significant issues, including rates of unemployment, poverty, overcrowded housing, premature deaths, and a suicide rate that are all much higher than the national average.

Thousands of supporters have come to the Sacred Stone camp at Standing Rock to act as “Water Protectors” in an attempt to help the Standing Rock Tribe stop the pipeline.

One protester who spoke at the vigil had just returned from Standing Rock and said that police were firing directly at protesters who were posing no threat to law enforcement or to property. He held up a blue sponge round and said, “This is what I get for trying to take a selfie near the police line.”

Activists at Standing Rock have described police firing these sponge rounds at protesters’ faces and heads.

Mr. Wilansky blamed the governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, law enforcement, and the National Guard for his daughter’s injury. He also asked for everyone to call their local and federal representatives to say the violence towards protesters at Standing Rock must end.

“Everyone has to just say no, we can’t be throwing grenades at people who are peacefully protesting, singing, and chanting and supporting our indigenous nations. This is not the way we behave. This is not Afghanistan and Iraq. We don’t throw grenades at people.”

Mr. Wilansky said that Obama needed to intervene to stop the police attacks on protesters.

“Even president Obama, who I love, said three weeks ago, ‘We’ll wait and see.’ What is there to wait and see? People will die if the situation isn’t stopped.”

Ms. Wilansky’s injury is far from the first injury caused by a “non-lethal” police grenade. Police officers have lost their hand or been killed by mishandling the grenades. Victims have also experienced “bone deep” burns, smoke inhalation, loss of fingers, and even death.

The activist media outlet Unicorn Riot has collected fragments of the different types of grenades that police are firing at Standing Rock protesters.



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+82 # Jim Rocket 2016-11-23 14:13
But if you're white, especially if your name is Bundy, then bring all the weapons you want and we'll leave you alone. Holy crap!
 
 
+4 # Radscal 2016-11-24 01:23
How to help the Water Protectors:

Supplies needed:
http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/

Officials to contact and Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council contact info:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38466-don-t-be-passive-observers-of-last-night-s-terrorization-in-standing-rock-here-s-what-you-can-do
 
 
+43 # seeuingoa 2016-11-23 14:18
American spring GO! GO! GO!
 
 
+70 # GoGreen! 2016-11-23 14:32
These water defenders are attempting to protect all the people in this nation. These fossil fuel corporations want to make money with any means. They do not respect anything but nice profits. These greedy people have bribed our governmental agencies to protect their profits as the cost of global warming,
as they deny the rights of the indigenous people to control their land.

Standing Rock is on the land of the native people. This is not debatable. The government of the United States does not own this land. The United States has been stealing the native people's land and killing them since the Europeans invaded this land. They did not 'discover' it. It was never lost! The people who were here are the ones who own it. They were deprived of their lands for religious reasons. Since they were not Christian, the Pope said the the first Christian nation that "discovered' the land, had the right to own it and then the whole world could be Christian -- no pagans allowed! Killing them was just fine.

This proclamation by the Pope in the 15th century is the base of all of our laws on the ownership of land in our nation---and it is past time to over rule this doctrine of the Pope.
 
 
+17 # Ted 2016-11-23 16:11
Let's try to learn from our mistakes.

Don't depend on corporate media to inform you of anything, here's a link to an example of an option we had all along this election cycle but weren't "informed" about by TPTB;

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/we-must-stand-solidarity-post-election-interview-green-party-presidential-candidate
 
 
+55 # Doc Mary 2016-11-23 14:50
This reminds me of the videos I watched on TV when I was about 10, of African-America ns in the South being beaten and blasted with firehoses. It's terrifying. That's probably the right word if they're deliberately hurting people to scare others away.

At the same time I'm alarmed at how easily the media is ignoring this show (in contrast to the southern civil rights movement, which was on the news every day), I'm also concerned, along with many here, about the degree to which law enforcement is militarized in the US.

Both developments do not bode well for the future.
 
 
+6 # sfreeman 2016-11-24 19:14
Unfortunately, the ruling class has done a much better job learning from the civil rights and anti-war movements. One thing they have learned is to control the message. The media, today, is highly concentrated in a few hands. We do not have the diversity of mainstream news sources that existed in the 1950', 1960's and 1970's. Also, government has learned how to use the coercive resources of the state--police, "intelligence" agencies, National Guard, and the military in general--to corral and control demonstrations and marches. In sum, the deck is stacked heavily and systematically against the people. Yet, we MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT against the oppression of the ruling capitalist class.
 
 
+49 # Anonymot 2016-11-23 15:05
It's not only the militarization, which is the tools and techniques, but the mindset of the police. That mindset is the CIA's, the politicians they control, the Deep State. They spread the fear that makes many weak and hysterical. That's how it was done in Germany.

We're up to about 1935 and climbing. Fast.
 
 
+5 # elizabethblock 2016-11-24 10:46
And this is what they do in Israel. Israeli soldiers are deliberately shooting young Palestinian men in the kneecap, to create a generation of cripples.
America used to be a "paradigm state," in Jane Jacobs' phrase, a country imitated by other countries. Now we are imitating the worst of Israel, and their worst is very bad indeed. And yes, the comparison of Israel and Germany in the 30s has come to many people's minds. Not the 1940s - not yet.
 
 
+3 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-25 15:43
Quoting Anonymot:
It's not only the militarization, which is the tools and techniques, but the mindset of the police. That mindset is the CIA's, the politicians they control, the Deep State. They spread the fear that makes many weak and hysterical. That's how it was done in Germany.

We're up to about 1935 and climbing. Fast.

And also reminds one of the tactics of the Pinkertons during strikes for decent living wages by budding unions1
 
 
+37 # REDPILLED 2016-11-23 15:05
Remember: Obomber is allowing this to happen.

Trump is most likely a fascist, but Obomber is allowing fascist, Police State violence against these water protectors.
 
 
+30 # turtleislander 2016-11-23 15:16
Quoting REDPILLED:
Remember: Obomber is allowing this to happen.

Trump is most likely a fascist, but Obomber is allowing fascist, Police State violence against these water protectors.

Absolutely. He quietly resumed the militarization of police a couple of months ago. Worried about his legacy is he? He should read up on LBJ because he'll leave office about as popular.
I am mailing a donation to the standing rock Sioux protesters now. I wrote the check right after I unsubscribed from the "OFA" list that is a remnant of the times when I actually believed in Obama.
 
 
+39 # Ted 2016-11-23 15:31
Yes.

And the glory of all those who have fought and died for basic civil rights in our country will forever be tainted by the legacy of our first African-America n president who sat by and did NOTHING as the civil rights crisis at Standing Rock unfolded before him for months.
 
 
+3 # Capn Canard 2016-11-24 08:39
Yes, it is my view that the powerful know full well which prostitutes they want in positions of power. The recent election of Trump, the orange buffoon, has thrown a wrench in their plans. I predict he will most likely be a good puppet and do what it is they want him to do.

However, Trump is kind of a wild card. (Note his courting of Tulsi Gabbard(a Sanders supporter) and Niki Haley(a Trump critic) for potential positions in his admin.) If his skin is as thin as it seems, enough anger and/or love expressed by a majority of the people could inspire our Egotistical Orange Ape President to oppose the powerful banksters.

Don't hold your breath... either way it is going to be a hard row to hoe as the super powerful banking interests own our nation and none of the usual expected leaders(Clinton , Bush, Reid, Gingrich, Ryan, Pelosi, Boxer, McConnell, et al) will do anything that may challenge the wealthy elites who have the real power.

Hard times...




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+4 # sfreeman 2016-11-24 19:16
Very sad, but also VERY, VERY TRUE. There are many reasons why voters repudiated the Democratic party. Obama must take a huge part of that responsibility- -after, of course, Hillary herself. They and the other capitalist whores in the Democratic party have wrought this onto "We the People".
 
 
+29 # Ted 2016-11-23 15:27
There is so much we could each be doing to drastically reduce the amount of fossil fuel use we are each responsible for.

Start to thing about if you really need those lights on, how low CAN you set tge thermostat and still be comfortable? Do you REALLY need to run out to the store in your car? Is your local school district considerung new buses? Go to a meeting and just ask they have considered the optionif electric vehicles. Be Stingy with everything that uses fossil fuels, even plastic!

If we can cut our daily use of fossil fuels even one quarter it would make projects like DAPL unprofitable.
 
 
+14 # Krackonis 2016-11-23 15:32
You build your infrastructure around it because it makes people very rich....
 
 
+12 # Ted 2016-11-23 16:13
...and impoverishes our society as a whole in the process.
 
 
+13 # markovchhaney 2016-11-23 17:16
You may be able to buy wind energy and/or solar energy without changing anything but who gets your money. I signed up with Arcadia power. All my energy money goes to wind. In January, I will be putting some of it to a solar panel project in Massachusetts. As I get additional money, I will "buy" more panels. Each one has a layout of about $250 but will cut my cost over the long haul.
 
 
+3 # sfreeman 2016-11-24 19:23
ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas), as State agency responsible for maintaining Texas' electricity power grid has said solar and wind energy now are less expensive to produce in Texas than energy from fossil fuel. It also has said it "seriously doubts" another fossil fuel electricity generation plant ever will be built in Texas. Folks, if a Texas State council is saying this, you must know it is true. Since (not "if") it is true, what the hell are all these pipelines being constructed for? It is not to provide people with needed energy; it is to enrich the capitalist class who would rather see the extinction of the human race than lose money in their investments in fossil fuels. I hope there is a special place in hell reserved for them, and ALL of those in government who protect them and pass laws to enable them to continue their destruction of the planet.
 
 
-27 # MidwesTom 2016-11-23 15:28
I always thought tat we were a nation that an on laws? The time to stop this pipeline was in court before construction, not when all of the legal right-of-ways have been signed and recorded.
 
 
+22 # Jim Rocket 2016-11-23 15:41
As I understand all the permits have not been signed and they're proceeding anyway.
 
 
+12 # anthraxripple 2016-11-23 18:11
So I assume you feel the same way about "our nation of laws" when it comes to the Bundy Ranch too, right?
 
 
+13 # economagic 2016-11-23 18:40
Tom, the tribes have been fighting it since it was mad public, which typically was not until a year or two ago.
 
 
+14 # economagic 2016-11-23 18:46
And BTW, that was precisely my attitude toward the African-America n protesters in the early 60s, until I heard their side of the story. (Turns out they too have been lobbying Congress and otherwise politely requesting basic rights of US citizenship ever since that was added to the Constitution, to no avail.)

Too bad the schools didn't teach honest history 50-60 years ago, and still don't. One good source which you really SHOULD read in order to fully participate in US citizenship is Howard Zinn's "People's History Of the United States." It has it's shortcomings, but it also has more unvarnished truth than almost any ten HS or college history textbooks put together.
 
 
+8 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-11-23 20:55
The time to stop it starts by honouring instead of abrogating treaties.
 
 
-37 # MidwesTom 2016-11-23 15:30
This pipeline is designed to carry 500,000 barrels per day of oil. Trucks carry 200 barrels of oil. Would you rather have 2500 loaded and 2,550 empty trucks on the road each day?
 
 
+16 # economagic 2016-11-23 18:48
None of the above. I would prefer that my government let the market prevail, which would soon shut down all of the fossil fuel infrastructure. This is a rare case in which the transparent and unsubsidized market really WOULD create optimum outcomes.
 
 
+12 # lfeuille 2016-11-23 20:12
I would prefer that the government intercede to make sure not one us left without power and transportation. I do not trust the market to care about inequality.

I would like to nationalize the energy sector completely.
 
 
+2 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 23:00
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With a government as corrupt as the corporations? Corporations that are now running the government. That is living in fantasy. Nationalizing will just be the same as privatizing, because the privatizers are now running the government. Look at so-called "Net Neutral- ity" that we supposedly won because we "nationalized" it. They're still destroying net neutrality in spite of the government allegedly running it. Even though I'm getting my full download speed almost every day, my net surfing gets "slow-laner" and "slow-laner" every day, with webpages taking forever to load. Why? Because I'm not well-to-do and can't pay for premium service. So, how is that nationalizing working out for you? Not very well, is it? Therefore, nationalizing is NOT the answer anymore than privatizing is!

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+18 # lfeuille 2016-11-23 20:10
The alternative isn't trucks. It is wind and solar. No spills, no crashes.
 
 
+6 # Capn Canard 2016-11-24 09:27
Yes, but it is inevitable that pipelines have accidents, it is far from rare.

You can count them yourself:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pipeline_accidents_in_the_United_States_in_the_21st_century


We can all read it and weep...
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+2 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-25 15:47
Quoting MidwesTom:
This pipeline is designed to carry 500,000 barrels per day of oil. Trucks carry 200 barrels of oil. Would you rather have 2500 loaded and 2,550 empty trucks on the road each day?

Would rather have wind , solar, geothermal as in civilized countries. We are quickly becoming a third world country! Shameful!
 
 
+25 # Krackonis 2016-11-23 15:31
I can't believe you guys are "Palestinianing " your natives just like Israel. Very sickening. This is why those two countries stand alone... Murdering civilians en masse and using collective punishment is sickening this day and age.
 
 
+17 # Artemis 2016-11-23 15:53
I was actually wondering while reading whether these policemen did street warfare training in Israel...like so many US police.
 
 
+5 # Capn Canard 2016-11-24 09:29
I suspect that the North Dakota DAPL Enbridge Police learned from the Fascist Israeli Zionists.




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-3 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-25 15:48
Quoting Capn Canard:
I suspect that the North Dakota DAPL Enbridge Police learned from the Fascist Israeli Zionists.




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Another knee-jerk bigot heard from?
 
 
+1 # John S. Browne 2016-11-25 19:09
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Wow, you're not well-informed. He's talking about U.S. police being trained by Israel, which IS happening on an increasing scale. So, it's not bigoted AT ALL to state that FACT. Do you think everyone who stands up for the Palestinians is supposedly "anti-Semitic", too? The Israeli Zionists ARE fascists, isn't that more than obvious?! It certainly should be!! Grow a pair (or the female version of "cojones")!! You certainly have some balls, aka nerve, making such an uninformed, willfully-ignor ant statement!!

Talk about a "knee-jerk" reaction!!

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-33 # MidwesTom 2016-11-23 15:31
Did the protestors come in cars and trucks, or did they come on bicycles, horses, and electric cars?
 
 
+12 # anthraxripple 2016-11-23 15:40
When the government outlaws filthy fuels and starts subsidizing clean fuels the way they already do for fossil fuels, I plan to KEEP driving a car.

Your argument, is just a call for the government to get more involved and clean up the fuel source used.
 
 
+37 # anthraxripple 2016-11-23 15:54
But, since you brought it up, Tom.

A lot of the protestors LIVE THERE. A lot of them are farmers. I know farmers in that area who are freaked out about this.

Tell me, do you (and the other oil cheerleaders) drink water, or are you a robot?


If there's no clean water to drink, it doesn't matter what you drive, unless it's a hearse.
 
 
+9 # markovchhaney 2016-11-23 17:18
They came however they could get there. Nice try with the old "See what a hypocrite Al Gore is" ploy.
 
 
+10 # anthraxripple 2016-11-23 18:12
Exactly.

Oil Lovers (Pump Huggers) are hypocrites if they eat food or drink water. If they want to start that argument, they need to be prepared to take it to its logical conclusion.
 
 
+12 # economagic 2016-11-23 18:50
And see my reply to your post just above. None of us want oil-fueled transportation. TPTB go to great lengths to limit other alternatives on behalf of the vested interests. Free market my bleeding hemorrhoids.
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 23:10
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Quite picturesquely graphic! LOL!

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+6 # lfeuille 2016-11-23 20:16
They would have come in electric cars and trucks if they could afford them and there were enough recharging stations along the way to get them there. No need to revert to horses.
 
 
+7 # Majikman 2016-11-23 22:50
Some did arrive on horseback....un til the police killed at least one of the horses.
 
 
+1 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-25 15:49
Probably on foot since it was on their land, wasn't it?
 
 
+23 # reiverpacific 2016-11-23 15:35
"--FBI agents, including a representative from the Joint Terrorism Task Force,--" (quote).
Guess who the terrorists are -and always have been since the Mayflower hit the east coast and were fed and warmed by the Pequot (I think).
Remember THAT on Turkey day!
 
 
+34 # anthraxripple 2016-11-23 15:39
Too bad Cliven Bundy and his armed lunatics don't care about the environment.

If they did, they'd show up with more fire power than the police, point their guns at the cops' heads, openly shout death threats, and be totally LEFT ALONE.

Because there's one thing cops respect - OTHER RIGHT-WING WHITE ASSHOLES WITH GUNS.
 
 
+11 # Floe 2016-11-23 16:30
Actually more people will go if they hurt the water protectors. It will backfire in their face. Bring it on! (But no one to get hurt please!)
 
 
+18 # danireland46 2016-11-23 16:44
Timing the Grenade so it goes off on contacting the victim. FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force personnel holding hostage an innocent woman in tremendous pain, and then taking evidentiary items from the room.
Sounds like plot elements of a movie exposing the evil activities of KGB or Natzi Storm Troopers.
But wait, the plot thickens: we're soon to be Ruled by a monster who says water boarding is the least of what his administration intends to utilize. To paraphrase Sinclair Lewis "How Can This Happen Here" in America??
 
 
+14 # diamondmarge7 2016-11-23 16:47
A class action lawsuit will take lots of time, and won't heal Wilansky's arm, but the Water Protectors MUST SUE ANorth Dakota and the miserable SOB who owns the company building this genocidal pipeline. SUE THE BASTARDS!
i AM NOT brave enough nor physically well enough to BE there, but i HAVE BEEN SENDING $$$$ since this CivilRightsStru ggle of NOW started& have called the WH line 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111 & written to BO to DO SOMETHINGY.
why has Obama done nothing? Mebbe his future employer is invested in DAPL> ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY.
 
 
+7 # diamondmarge7 2016-11-23 16:50
Petitions have asked Obama to declare a National Monument of the area-not done YET; TO instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to cancel permits.

Guess he is waiting until the DAPL ruptures UNDER the Missouri. Because pipelines & oil trains, etc are DISASTERS WAITING TO HAPPEN. Always.

Or nebbe he is waiting for someone to lose their life, not just their arm???
 
 
+17 # anhinga 2016-11-23 18:39
This is Obama's Selma, and how he will be remembered. But if the original Selma happened today, we'd never know, because the corporate media would cover it just as much as Standing Rock--that is to say, not at all, unless skewed against the protesters. Because that media is owned by the same corporations that fund the politicians, that are building the pipeline, and that are allowed to use OUR police forces and National Guard against us, U.S. citizens, as their private hired goons. The pipeline was moved so that it wouldn't inconvenience and jeopardize whites in Bismarck, to run across UNCEDED indigenous land per the 1851 Ft. Laramie treaty. It's theirs. They are a sovereign nation (while also being U.S. citizens). There is NOTHING legal, much less moral, about any of this on the part of the government, much less the corporations.
 
 
+5 # bobaka 2016-11-23 20:11
No such thing as a "fossil" fuel. Carbon from life forms is isotopically different than carbon coming up out of the magma.There are already thousands of miles of leaking pipelines with some 100 leaking under the one percenter's rivers in the U.S. Under capitalism, little people are like pesky flies, and the police are the flypaper or swatter.60 central banks make the world go into the pockets of the perverts of the human race:the 1%.Facts make people vomit, because motivation by mixed lies keep the fundamentalists in power. A fundamentalist is anyone who makes a slave of women or children or old people. Is that you?
 
 
+13 # reiverpacific 2016-11-23 20:13
BTW, The whole "civilized" world is watching and following this incident at Standing Rock, like the former "Incident at Oglala" for which Leonard Peltier is still WRONGLY serving two life sentences, so it reflects how the US is regarded worldwide.
 
 
+2 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 22:39
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This is the reality of what the "almighty", "great" United States is coming to, increased aggression, oppression and repression against its own people doing nothing but non-violently exercising their RIGHTS! (Oh, yes, I know this has gone on for a long time now, but not as it is escalating today.) The U.S. government has said the U.S. is now a battlefield, Well, shouldn't we ask who is creating this battlefield? It certainly isn't the people, so obviously it is being created by the government, local, state and federal; and the former are doing so with the support of the latter. So, We the People aren't the ones instigating this domestic warfare, it is the government.

Do We the People just sit back and let it happen, and allow the destruction of our country, our environment and our sustenance without taking non-violent stands like the "NoDAPL" protesters are doing? No, an increasing number of us must rise up more and more against all of this trampling on our liberty, freedom, rights and livelihood. We have the right(s) to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", which also includes exercising our specific rights to preserve those and all of our rights; but all of this is being threatened by an increasingly despotic, tyrannical and destructive government; a government that, though its foremost duty is protect our rights, and to truly protect our safety, is actually perpetrating the exact opposite against us, increasingly seeking to harm rather than protect us.

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0 # Capn Canard 2016-11-24 07:24
This is tactic is well known and is a favored tactic of Zionists stealing land in Palestine.

I would like to believe that many would remember when an Iranian Basij sniper shot Neda Agha-Soltan on the 20th of June, 2009 during protests of Muhamoud Ahmadinejad. The tactic is go after the most visible, often beautiful/attra ctive people or those of some note and/or authority.

I suspect that the cowardly police shot. threw or launched the flashbang grenade knowing full well that it exploding near Sophia Wilansky's body could cause great harm and even death.

This is straight up intimidation, meant to keep all other non-Natives acting in solidarity with the large group of Native water protectors. The last thing that Enbridge wants is for the protests and resistance to grow in popularity and stop the eventual destruction of the water aquifers.

It is the capitalist way.

God bless America



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+4 # hectormaria 2016-11-24 09:29
President Obama should do everything in his power before he leaves to make sure the "Trail of Tears' end at 'Standing Rock'.
 

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