by Nadia Prupis, from Common Dreams
The ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests were hit with violence on Saturday, as private security forces reportedly hired by the pipeline builders descended on the Native American activists with pepper spray and dogs that bit and threatened the protesters.
Democracy Now!, which was on the ground at the time, posted several photographs and video of the attack:
In the video, security forces can be seen pushing the dogs to charge at protesters, while others raise cans of pepper spray at the crowds. One man shows a deep bite mark on his arm to the camera, stating, “I was walking, he threw the dog at me, straight, without any warning.” A security guard on the scene shakes his head at the man, smiling.
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman also separately confronts a woman on the security force, stating, “Ma’am, your dog just bit that protester. Are you telling the dogs to bite the protesters?” The woman refuses to answer.
The tense standoff ends as the security team eventually pulls their dogs away from the crowds and drives away.
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