Barbarism in Dakota
25th November 2016
It’s Thanksgiving – and what better way to celebrate than blowing someone’s arm off with a grenade?
21 year-old Sophia Wilansky was one of several hundred peaceful protesters injured during the standoff with police in Dakota on Sunday on a bridge near the site where the pipeline is planned to cross the Missouri river. The likelihood is she will have her arm amputated after a concussion grenade thrown by a police officer tore through the arteries, median nerve, muscle and bone in her left arm.
Water protectors efforts to clear the road and improve access for emergency services was met with a militarised police force including tear gas, LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets and indiscriminate us elf water-cannon in temperatures of 26 degrees fahrenheit, causing mass hypothermia.
“I think of Birmingham, I think of Wounded Knee, it felt like low-grade war.” said one Medic treating #DAPL protesters.
National Lawyers Guild legal observers have confirmed that several people were unconscious and bleeding after being shot in the head by rubber bullets.
Mother Jones has a timeline of the Standing Rock Protest here.