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USA: DAPL protests in solidarity with activist injured by reported police grenade03:00

USA: DAPL protests in solidarity with activist injured by reported police grenade

United States, New York City
November 24, 2016 at 19:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Activists gathered at New York City's Columbus Circle, Thursday, in solidarity with Sophia Wilansky, who faces the possibility of losing her arm after she was injured by a reported police explosive device during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Activists gathered to show their solidarity with the DAPL protesters and Wilansky. They held banners reading, "Respect Standing Rock Sioux Sovereignty." One activist stressed, "Sophia and all of us go to places like standing rock to fight for indigenous sovereignty, to fight for the water, to fight for the future of our planet, we do it because we know we will win."

The 21-year-old activist was injured after being reportedly hit by a concussion grenade whilst protesting on a bridge near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Law enforcement officers have denied the protesters story, however, claiming instead that the protester was injured by explosives belonging to protesters. The journalist, according to her family, risks loose her arm as a result of her injuries. During Sunday's protest, the police used water cannons in below freezing temperatures, as well as tear gas and rubber bullets. Several hundred others were also injured at the protest.

Since it was approved in late July, the 1,886-kilometre (1,172 mile) pipeline has sparked outrage among Native American communities and locals. The project, which would cost around $3,8 billion (€3.3 billion), is expected to carry crude oil from the North Dakota region, north of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's lands, to South Dakota and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois, if completed.

The construction of the pipeline was initially halted by US President Barack Obama's administration in September, but activists have voiced their concern that President-elect Donald Trump will revive the project when he takes over the office in 2017.

USA: DAPL protests in solidarity with activist injured by reported police grenade03:00
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Activists gathered at New York City's Columbus Circle, Thursday, in solidarity with Sophia Wilansky, who faces the possibility of losing her arm after she was injured by a reported police explosive device during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Activists gathered to show their solidarity with the DAPL protesters and Wilansky. They held banners reading, "Respect Standing Rock Sioux Sovereignty." One activist stressed, "Sophia and all of us go to places like standing rock to fight for indigenous sovereignty, to fight for the water, to fight for the future of our planet, we do it because we know we will win."

The 21-year-old activist was injured after being reportedly hit by a concussion grenade whilst protesting on a bridge near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Law enforcement officers have denied the protesters story, however, claiming instead that the protester was injured by explosives belonging to protesters. The journalist, according to her family, risks loose her arm as a result of her injuries. During Sunday's protest, the police used water cannons in below freezing temperatures, as well as tear gas and rubber bullets. Several hundred others were also injured at the protest.

Since it was approved in late July, the 1,886-kilometre (1,172 mile) pipeline has sparked outrage among Native American communities and locals. The project, which would cost around $3,8 billion (€3.3 billion), is expected to carry crude oil from the North Dakota region, north of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's lands, to South Dakota and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois, if completed.

The construction of the pipeline was initially halted by US President Barack Obama's administration in September, but activists have voiced their concern that President-elect Donald Trump will revive the project when he takes over the office in 2017.

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