The national guard is conducting illegal checkpoints on the outskirts of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. What are they hiding behind the concrete barrier?
Mike from Lakota Trucking, along with a handful of water-protectors returned to the bridge today, which effectively blockades Standing Rock from the outside, including emergency access vehicles. The situation was much more tense than yesterday, with militarized police forming a line of officers pointing guns at water protectors who reminded the police that this is their reservation, and their land, likening the situation to a concentration camp. The water protectors also reminded the police that they had agreed to clear the bridge, and this was just another in a long line of broken agreements. After an extremely tense and prolonged verbal exchange, the water protectors. Extremely intense situation at #StandingRock. Police aim rifles at a very small group of water-protectors who want the blockade on their land removed. It was truly impossible to hear anything with the wind and sound of trucks-- But the body-language of the guys with the guns said it all... And they weren't happy. The water protectors likened the blockade to a "concentration camp. As a result of the closure, access is extremely limited, and prevents emergency vehicles from getting through, and does not seem like an unreasonable claim when you see how ridiculous and scary the situation is. An army of men with AR15s and a tank against one man shouting in the wind-- "This is our land, YOU are trespassing!"
Here's an HONEST look at what a typical 11B (INFANTRY) drill weekend would look like in the Army National Guard. There is a lot of "HURRY UP AND WAIT", and a lot of down time. But, occasionally we do shoot and blow stuff up! It's a lot of fun!
This the military check point that I drove through yesterday outside of the North Dakota Access Pipeline Protests. I asked the National Guardsman if he felt he was violating the citizens first amendment rights and to think about his oath.