"It Feels Like A Warzone": 400 North Dakota Pipeline Protesters Clash With Police; 167 Injured

Tyler Durden's picture

In the latest in a series of protests against the North Dakota oil pipeline project, overnight an estimated 400 protesters clashed with police who fired tear gas at the scene of a similar confrontation last month. The protesters mounted the Backwater Bridge and attempted to force their way past police in what the Morton County Sheriff's Department initially described as an "ongoing riot." Protesters say the pipeline threatens water resources and sacred tribal lands.

According to Reuters, one arrest had been made by 8:30 p.m. local time (0230 GMT Monday), about 2 1/2 hours after the incident began 45 miles (30 miles) south of Bismark, the North Dakota capital. About 100 to 200 protesters remained after midnight.

The Backwater Bridge has been closed since late October, when activists clashed with police in riot gear and set two trucks on fire, prompting authorities to forcibly shut down a protesters encampment nearby.

The Morton County Sheriff's Department said officers on the scene of the latest confrontation were "describing protesters' actions as very aggressive."

Demonstrators tried to start about a dozen fires as they attempted to outflank and "attack" law enforcement barricades, the sheriff's statement said. Police said they responded by firing volleys of tear gas at protesters in a bid to prevent them from crossing the bridge.

Activists at the scene reported on Twitter that police were also spraying protesters with water in sub-freezing temperatures and firing rubber bullets, injuring some in the crowd. A total of 167 demonstrators have been injured according to a medic on site, as cited by Indigenous Rising Media. The police were reportedly targeting demonstrators’ heads and legs.

Seven people have been hospitalized for severe head injuries. Three of those injured are reportedly elders of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

"There's been no signs of violence on the side of the [water] protectors. We've seen some folks being injured...it really does feel like a warzone, and it doesn't feel like we're in America in 2016," a protester told Indigenous Rising Media, calling the situation "very scary."

Police did not confirm those reports, but later said protesters had hurled rocks, striking one officer, and fired burning logs from slingshots.

The clashes began after protesters removed a truck that had been on the bridge since Oct. 27, police said. The North Dakota Department of Transportation closed the Backwater Bridge due to damage from that incident.

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The $3.7 billion Dakota Access project has been drawing steady opposition from Native American and environmental activists since the summer. Completion of the pipeline, set to run 1,172 miles (1,185 km) from North Dakota to Illinois, was delayed in September so federal authorities could re-examine permits required by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Plans called for the pipeline to pass under Lake Oahe, a federally owned water source, and to skirt the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation by about half a mile. Most of the construction has otherwise been finished.

The Standing Rock tribe and environmental activists say the project would threaten water supplies and sacred Native American sites and ultimately contribute to climate change. Supporters of the pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer Partners, said the project offers the fast and most direct route for bringing Bakken shale oil from North Dakota to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries and would be safer than transporting the oil by road or rail.

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Momauguin Joe's picture

Another false flag to draw out and identify dissidents?

Croesus's picture

More like another attempt to suppress people, in favor of corporate profits. 

Funny how the same companies that wreck the environment, are the same ones telling us how we need to fight "Global Warming"...and reduce "carbon footprints" through some bullshit tax scheme. 


Fizzy Head's picture

Arent the police supposed to protect and serve the people, and not Oligarch corporation interests?


This is all bassackwards.... The people are protecting the land, and the police should be protecting the people. Follow the money.......


I wonder if this "fake" news will be headlining on CNN this evening.


*post edit- im all for safer ways to import oil, but im not all for having a pipline running through America that could be an open target for idiots to blow it up and leak the oil all over. This stuff is trucked around the US daily. One semi tanker spill would pale in comparison to a pipline burst. Just my 2 steelies.

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Nobody other than Buffet is asking them to 'protect the land!' How about they get a productive job?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Itchy and Scratchy Nov 21, 2016 8:13 AM

I've always thought the wars aren't about oil, its about controlling the flow of oil.

shovelhead's picture

I've been fighting at the pipeline

All the live long dayyyy.

I've been fighting at the pipeline

Just so Warren gets his payyy

Great Spirit don't like no pipeline

But Railroads are Okayyy

I've been fighting at the pipeline

Cuz Warren's check comes in todayyy

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Hey that's not a puppet it's a dude holding a puppet holding a dude!

TeamDepends's picture

That was the job of the PC cultural marxists, to turn American values upside down. Instead of promoting a cohesive culture, they gave or rather pushed down our throats "diversity", which basically means all people are welcome except white conservatives.

Stanelli's picture

In 1983 Yuriy Bezmenov, former KGB agent, gave a great lecture on this.

Now, 30 years later everything he said look awfully familiar.

I think that USA and USSR were like two scorpions in a box. It was the USA who stroke the lethal blow, but the USSR injected so much poison, that the 'victor' is going down as well. 

TeamDepends's picture

Yes, we have posted that vid here. The goal was to deMORALize Americans and they almost succeeded. But the tide has turned, the election of Trump is the first crucial step in the right direction after decades of sprinting downhill. Not sure if it is still up, but the picture of Obama on Drudge yesterday was priceless, he appeared to be looking for the nearest exit as wolves had burst through the window!

Stanelli's picture

Please don't get me wrong, I really do wish and hope you're right.
It's just your demographics are against you. 

Food Loaf Junkie's picture

Yes, the current flow of demographics are against us but waiting will only make it worse.  Every day the progs brainwash more youth and preach against this nation worldwide.  If we prevail in uniting ALL the citizens of our country and defeat the progs who are dividing and conquering us using false issue after imagined grievance after vicious lie we may yet survive.

Socratic Dog's picture

It may have been the job of the cultural marxists (what the fuck is a Cultural Marxist?), but it was given them by the usual suspects, the  Bildebergs and their ilk.  This is one of the ongoing tactics in ensuring Big Oil and Big Finance profits forever.  Those fuckers co-opted the nascent environmental movement in the 1970's, and they've been using it to push their own agenda ever since.

Hobbleknee's picture

You're a little late to the game. Oil and natgas pipelines already cover America like highways.


sharonsj's picture

They also constantly leak and blow up because the companies are too chearp to maintain them properly.  When the tribe's drinking water is polluted--which will happen--I expect you to pay extra in taxes, without bitching, to provide them with clean water.

tip e. canoe's picture

this really the crux as i see it.    corporation skims on maintenance, and the ultimate costs of any fuckups (10x of maintenance costs) get passed along to public via government.

maybe ETP should put up cleanup costs in an escrow account?   can be invested in US T's...win win win!

Crush the cube's picture

Yeah, that's why the tribes been dumping their raw untreated sewage into the same river all these years, respect for the water source.

When this is over and all the paid radicals pull out, Standing Rock tribe is going to discover they pissed nearly everyone off in this state, and they will truly stand alone.  Out here there aren't any other cess pools as corrupt and bought out as these Hillary voters, and her team just got it's teeth smashed through their arses.  They want war, they'll get it, we're going to fix em soon.  We have not yet begun to fight, you think you had it tough with the cops, you have no idea how your res and it's funding structure is about to change.

By the way, those two trucks they burned on the bridge were both federal property, they belonged to the Army, not so much as a peep made.  Try that with the incoming administration and see what happens, any where else with the current limp dick admin and it would be instant drones. 

Max Cynical's picture

So in your world, we never would have built the Alaska pipeline because you're too scard of a potential spill...OK.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

In retrospect we probably shouldn't have located Fukishima reactors next to an ocean.

_mike123_'s picture

The police should be upholding 'The Rule of Law'. There is only one group I see breaking the law and it is not the pipeline companies.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

ive heard at least 2 police have resigned, disgusted at what theyve been asked to do there

max2205's picture

So these people love barry?

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) max2205 Nov 21, 2016 7:26 AM


<--- If a mob of dindu's got hurt, Chalky would have been on it like black on white rice

<--- Is North Dakota one of the 57 States, or is that in Canada?

847328_3527's picture

When do Whoopi and Sharpton leave for Cape Breton as they promised?

Or are they simply Fakers like the rest of the Libtards and Left Wing Racists?

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) 847328_3527 Nov 21, 2016 7:58 AM

those were just FAKE promises (expressed on REAL news sites that publish FAKE news).

Trolly McTrollface's picture

Funny that all the protestors arrived via gas guzzling automobiles. Just a few more radicalized snowflakes blowing off steam. A water cannon party.

Tarzan's picture

Another hour goes by on Zero Hedge with no PizzaGate?

AmandaFawndel's picture

Maybe one of the Tylers likes walnut hotdog juice on his cheese pizza?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I knew Gary Caradori......they blew him and son.....out of the sky.


Maybe Tyler doesn't want to die.


Not kidding BTW.

Obadiah's picture

Hey Vince.  Do you know Ken F?

AmandaFawndel's picture

Tylers won't admit that the FAKE MEDIA they rail against is the ashkeNAZI jew run media either.....it's an advertising dollar thing....



so in a sense, ZH IS FAKE MEDIA because they won't publish the real news that might get them Scalia'd

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

You sound like a nevertrumper.  Different topic, same whining

SubjectivObject's picture

Probably because the scenario is so deeply depraved, and the powers involved so entrenched, that real journalism has to be air tight in order to beat back any defamation/libel counter suit which will come if it can come.

Miss Expectations's picture

Look here:

#PizzaGate the Documentary, Pedophilia involving Podesta Emails, Clinton, Obama, David Brock, DNC


If you want to understand that very strange photo of Podesta holding up his mangled hands with 14 and a fish, this will do it.

The De-Occulting of John Podesta


Shout out to David Seaman.


bada boom's picture

Possibly to create more dissidents as well.  Divide and rule.

SWRichmond's picture

Another false flag to draw out and identify dissidents?

Dissidents have already been identified.  As far as being "drawn out", you know what they say: "if it's time to bury your guns, it's actually time to dig them up." Ask Solzhenitsyn
Muddy1's picture

Was Van Jones one of the 167?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Maybe they should offer them some money.......bet that would fix it!


I'll bet most of the protesters aren't even from North Dakota....


Who doesn't like a fiery oil train disaster?


LithiumWarsWAKEUP's picture

I've read somewhere the 'rent' was supposed to be $1Mil,,, I don't know if that is for a year, or what, but that the 'Tribe' took the offer, the contracts done,,,then the 'Indians' did what? They did a turnabout...and wanted $5 Mil. A case of 'Indian Giver'...huh.

     So,,,the oil company can, and will, when allowed,,,bury the pipeline 90' under the damn little bitty lake...  How many pipelines run under , or over, the Missouri River NOW??? Hmmm?????  Quite a few.

   This is B.S. protest. There are NO 'sacred' artifacts/sites,,ala burial sites, and hey how ya gonna know anyway, if the Indians buried their dead there unless you dig up bones? You can't!! So, the Idiot Corps of Engineers aka Corps of Soros Protest Sacred Wing says "ok,,,stop the construction".

   You know how many trucks it would take to haul that much oil, per day? How much truck traffic? How many train cars??

   wtf. I am not buying into any thing this tribe is selling. And while I'm ranting, how many of the Indian MobsterBacked Casino's pay out like they said they would % payout?? None. None of them do. They get fined, every day, per machine,,,and pay the fine to the State,,,and continue to rip off WHOM??? Everyone that puts money in a slot in an Indian Casino, is who. And the States take the fines,,,which are less than the profit the casino will make anyway,,,and you now know why you can never, ever, ever seem to win at any Indian Casino.

   You gotta be 24 kinds of stupid to play your money in an Oklahoma Indian Casino,,,but they're packin' in,,every day,,, hahahaha.  Hilarious!! 

BetterRalph's picture

"the Idiot Corps of Engineers aka Corps of Soros Protest Sacred Wing"

a. I don't like Soros (for other reasons)
b. I don't agree with that language.

USACE when faced with environmental, historical, and burial sites does due diligence, arguably too much diligence which ends up being exploited sometimes; but not always.

Saying USACE works for SOROS is a lie, USACE is funded by Congress.

show who funded the protestors TO expose who exploited USACE

marathonman's picture

The Corp of Engineers is funded by debt issued by the Fed. So it can be reasonably argued that it is a Soros organization. Not that I necessarily believe that but the case can certainly be made.

sharonsj's picture

I don't know where the fuck you read about "rent" and such, but all the articles I just searched through don't say a word about it.  I bet you saw it on some right-wing web site that--as usual-- doesn't bother to check facts and apparently neither do you.  As far as I can see, DAPL is not paying the tribe rent and doesn't have to.  And how the fuck would you know there are no sacred sites, artifacts or graves?  You don't.  You're just pulling shit out of your ass. 

Joe Cool's picture

Just cause trouble...We don't care where, who, when, why, or how...Just cause trouble...

VinceFostersGhost's picture



15 bucks an hour.......a lot of people will do anything for that.

mayhem_korner's picture

Just cause trouble.


That is the legacy of 8 years of a "community organizer" President.  Create inequity via policy, then encourage violence among the disenfranchized. 

Joe Cool's picture

Maybe the 4th turning is here...Obviously coached and encouraged along the way...

PPT Inc.'s picture
PPT Inc. (not verified) Nov 21, 2016 7:14 AM

Curiuous why these vermin are given a sympathetic ear here. These are professional welfare scum, living off scraps from a massive GoFund campaign enriching the parasites who lead the tribes. The pipeline *does not* pass under their land- what of ZH's beloved "Property Rights"? There are already pipelines under the same river, owned by *other Indian tribes.* Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil. But perhaps Warren Buffet is financing these losers?

mayhem_korner's picture


Multiple factions at work here @ ZH.  Anti-welfare, anti-police, anti-oligarchy all present and accounted for, with heapings of amorphous rationale behind each.  Much more diverse crowd than at inception.

AmandaFawndel's picture

The redskins would be better off just shooting the jew who owns the company, and shooting the jews in the media who are not giving them fair coverage.


FUCK CALLING THEM INDIANS OR NATIVE AMERICANS.....both are incorrect...They are not from India, and they are not native!