A militarized zone has been placed around Standing Rock, and protesters who refused to leave the protest site have been arrested. Why does this matter?
Well, let’s start with the obvious one. You shouldn’t be able to arrest someone for peacefully protesting on their own land in the United States of America. Great reason, right there. President Trump and many in his cabinet have stakes in this oil pipeline. Another spectacular reason to be sickened by the arrests.
But let’s move beyond that a little bit, and talk about what Standing Rock is all about. The reason why the Dakota Pipeline is being protested is not actually because the pipeline would go through sacred ground. Technically, it wouldn’t.
But do you know what it would go right through? The Standing Rock Indian Reservation’s only supply of water. So here’s the argument of the people at Standing Rock…
What the hell are they supposed to do if the oil pipeline leaks? “It won’t leak.” I’ve actually heard people use this as an argument! First, it’s a lot easier to say that when it’s not YOUR water they could be sullying. And second, how the hell would you know?!
Let’s add another fact the mix. The Dakota Pipeline protest camp is on private land. That’s what I mean when I say someone should be able to protest on their own land. The person who organized the protests… it’s literally her own land they’re protesting on. It’s also technically considered a cultural preservation site.
And we just put a militarized zone around it and arrested people protesting on it. If that doesn’t frighten you, it should.