Sioux protesters ‘attacked’ by security dogs, pepper-sprayed at Dakota pipeline site (VIDEO)
Native Americans protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline were reportedly attacked by security officers and their guard dogs at the site of the controversial $3.8 billion project in North Dakota. The demonstrators were also pepper-sprayed.
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe were met with violence from security guards and their canines when they gathered to protest the pipeline on Saturday, spokesperson Steve Sitting Bear said, as cited by AP.
He said that at least six people were bitten by the dogs, including a young child. At least 30 people were pepper-sprayed.
Independent news program Democracy Now filmed the demonstration, with footage showing protesters going through a wire fence and approaching construction workers. One worker can be seen throwing an activist to the ground.
The demonstrators then began marching over dirt mounds created by bulldozers at the site, while chanting, “We're not leaving!”
One guard can be seen with pepper spray in his hand, while an activist says, “This man just maced me in the face.”
Another protester said that a guard set a dog on him, and pointed to his injured arm. The dog is shown with blood on its nose and mouth.
In response, one demonstrator can be heard loudly screaming, “Get your f**king dogs out of here!”