Demonstrators protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline held a protest this Friday evening in Ypsilanti in front of the Water Tower. Roughly 40 to 50 people participated in the protest. Several protesters held brightly illuminated letters spelling HONOR THE TREATIES / NODAPL. The demonstrators also chanted, "Water Is Life."
I spoke to NODAPL protester Merirose Babcock. Her intentions were clear. What brought her to the protest was the right to clean water. Speaking of the Dakota Access Pipeline Babcock stated that, "We are dismayed at the fact that it is still happening. Peaceful protesters have been attacked and are being forced out of their land. It is very sad."
The Dakota Access Pipeline threatens the entire water supply for the Standing Rock Reservation that is situated on the border of North and South Dakota. Standing Rock is a Great Sioux Nation reservation.
Appallingly, in September of this year, the Dakota Access Pipeline hired a private security firm. This company used a bulldozer to dig up a portion of the pipeline route that ran through an area of sacred land that may contain a sacred Sioux burial ground. Many peaceful protesters have been attacked and wounded by guards hired to protect and insure the construction of the pipeline, and this is a disgrace. It was wonderful to see so many protesters participating Friday night.
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|Jess protests near the Ypsi Water Tower Friday night. Photo Purple Walrus Press.|
|Protesters in front of the Ypsi Water Tower Friday evening. Photo Purple Walrus Press.|