CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the protests at the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction site (all times local):
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s chairman is criticizing the forceful removal of protesters from a camp on a private land. He has vowed to continue the protest against the construction of the pipeline.
Authorities used used pepper spray against about 200 protesters from the land on Thursday, owned by the pipeline’s developer, Energy Transfer Partners. Police had arrested 141 people.
Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault (AHR’-sham-boh) issued a statement calling the operation “acts of violence against innocent, prayerful people.”
Authorities say that the protesters threw rocks at the police officers
The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said that the protest against the oil pipeline will persist. The tribe says it will contaminate the drinking water and will harm their sacred sites.
Authorities say that they have arrested 141 protesters when they evicted protesters from the private property coming to the way of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The operation took nearly six hours.