Amnesty International to Monitor Dakota Pipeline Protests

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Flags of Native American tribes from across the US and Canada line the entrance to a protest encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota where members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters have gather to voice their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, September 3, 2016. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Amnesty International USA announced Friday that it will monitor the ongoing clashes between law enforcement and opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which would cross the Missouri river less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Amnesty’s move came one day after law enforcement attempted to force the protesters from their encampments, arresting 140 people. Thousands have come together to stop the 1,200-mile project on site, and solidarity protests have erupted in cities across the country, including here in San Francisco, where twelve protesters were arrested on Monday.


Kevin Cramer, congressman representing North Dakota

Eric Ferrero, director of communications, Amnesty International USA

Ron His Horse is Thunder, former chairman for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Lynda Mapes, environment reporter, The Seattle Times

Craig Stevens, spokesman for the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now