Nine recently arrested in Line 3 protests

Photo by Giniw Collective

Nine Line 3 opponents were arrested over two incidents.

According to a release from the Northern Lights Task Force, a cooperative effort among northern Minnesota law enforcement agencies, the arrests took place on July 29 and Aug. 3.

On July 29, several people attempted to block access to a water pump used by pipeline workers at the Mississippi River in Clearwater County. Five were issued citations, and two were arrested and booked into Clearwater County jail.

Their charges include public nuisance and obstructing the legal process.

On Aug. 3, 12 gained access to a fenced-in easement of Enbridge on a temporary bridge over the Mississippi River. Seven were ultimately arrested and transported to the Becker County Jail.

Charges varied on these seven from public nuisance to misdemeanor trespassing.

The Giniw Collective, one of the organizations vehemently opposed to the pipeline, claims law enforcement near Thief River Falls escalated their response to protests, with numerous “water protectors” subject to less-than-lethal dispersal tactics including pepper spray, mace, and rubber bullets on July 30.

“If those who can stop Line 3 will not take action, we will,” said Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe land defender.
“This is our land, our wild rice, our culture, our future we are defending. Human beings are literally destroying life with our addiction to the status quo of overconsumption. We have to be brave. We have to stand strong. We have to try. Actions, not words.”

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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