Protest against oil pipeline in North Dakota turns violent

Monday, September 5, 2016



In the US state of North Dakota, a protest by Native Americans turns violent after demonstrators criticize the construction of a pipeline on a field they consider sacred land.

Officials say four security guards were injured. One guard has been taken to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries. Meanwhile, Native Americans’ elders say at least 30 protesters were pepper-sprayed. The demonstrators say construction crews have destroyed burial and cultural sites. They are also worried about the possible contamination of a nearby river by the project. A federal judge will rule before September nine whether construction can be halted on the Dakota Access pipeline.

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