I did more research into the violence that occurred at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest this past Saturday. It is as I feared, the protesters were the ones who initiated the violence against pipeline company employees. According to The Associated Press:
Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey said four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews at the site just outside the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. One of the security officers was taken to a Bismarck hospital for undisclosed injuries. The two guard dogs were taken to a Bismarck veterinary clinic, Ms. Preskey said.
The Sheriff’s Office’s press release specifies which employees were injured and how they were:
I also found two videos on Facebook you can watch here and here. The first shows the terrorists obstructing the construction project and not purposely attacked by security forces with mace as they have alleged. The second shows the terrorists purposely trespassing on the area cordoned off by the pipeline construction crew and defying orders to go back.
The Associated Press quotes the Morton County Sheriff stating:
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said in a statement that “individuals crossed onto private property and accosted private security officers with wooden posts and flagpoles.”
“Any suggestion that today’s event was a peaceful protest, is false,” his statement said.
If there was any doubt that environmentalists are anti-human let this news story and the events that lead up to it stand as the prime reason to not only resist terrorist actions like what happened in North Dakota but also further support the usage of fossil fuels as well as transportation mechanisms like pipelines. Environmentalists continue to demonstrate their anti-industrialism agenda more and more. They will resort to force in order to get their way and enlist the help of groups (like American Indians) until they are no longer of any use to them.