Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so.
“We are wardens of this land. This is our land and they can’t remove us,” said protester Isaac Weston, who is an Oglala Sioux member from South Dakota. “We have every right to be here to protect our land."
Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said the protesters need to move for public safety.
“The well-being and property of ranchers, farmers and everyone else living in the region should not be threatened by protesters who are willing to commit acts of violence,” Hoeven said in a statement Friday.
For some reason there's a double standard.
No, absolutely not. They are terrorists. Period. And should be dealt with as such. Federal troops, locked and loaded, no excuses.
I recently learned that the ownership of the land in question in the Dakota Pipeline issue is in dispute. That changes things. The legal dispute should be cleared up before anything should be built on the land, IMO.