BISMARCK – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and mischief after a protest at the Standing Rock, has called out authorities again.
Stein’s campaign announced that it was “horrified and outraged at the militarized repression of water protectors at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Police and private security forces have engaged in violent actions against peaceful earth defenders who have come to protect the land and water from the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”
With less than a week left before the presidential election, Stein has continued to raise awareness for issues effecting the pipeline site, “we condemn the violent repression of the peaceful protests against DAPL as human rights abuses, including the use of attack dogs and pepper spray against peaceful demonstrators, the persecution of journalists, the authorization of weaponized drones, the disruption of prayer ceremonies, and the desecration of sacred burial sites. These are not the actions of public servants sworn to protect and serve the community, but the unconscionable oppression of an occupying army against the original inhabitants of this land.”
Stein is currently listed on the ballot for presidential candidates in North Dakota, and is currently polling at about 2% nationally.
Her campaign stated “The Dakota Access Pipeline is not only a human rights crisis for indigenous peoples, but a catastrophic ecological crisis that will affect millions of people who depend on the Missouri River for drinking water. There is zero expectation that the Dakota Access pipeline will be free of such problems, and could be even worse as it is intended to carry Bakken shale oil, one of the dirtiest and most volatile types of fossil fuel on the planet.”