Water protectors from the camps in Standing Rock, North Dakota, launched planned non-violent direct action at the site of Dakota Access pipeline construction early Tuesday.
“We are at site 21, and we shut down construction,” said one demonstrator while live streaming a video on Facebook.
At least one woman and one man were locked to machinery on Tuesday while dozens of others encircled the area singing Lakota prayer songs. Banners were strung across the machinery, one saying “Water is Our First Medicine.”
A small number police officers arrived onto the scene and monitored the non-violent direction action.
Meanwhile, hundreds tuned in and offer their support via live streaming video on Facebook.
“We are here,” Cody Hall, of the Red Warrior Camp, said to a crowd of supporters. “A brother and a sister that once again have locked down and put themselves on the frontlines, literally stopping construction.”
“We have to keep our heads up,” Hall added. “We are the protectors … We are going to win through peace. Standing vigilant, brothers.”
Non-violent direct action trainings are offered regularly at the camps at Standing Rock and are conducted by trained professionals.
ICTMN will continue to report on this story as it develops.