Water protectors sprayed with water cannon in frigid weather near barricade.
Published November 21, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA—An unidentified elder is in critical condition as the result of going into cardiac arrest at the scene of a major confrontation between about 400 water protectors and heavily militarized law enforcement on Sunday evening.
The fierce confrontation occurred at the Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806.
Police used pepper spray, rubber bullets and a high-pressured water cannon during the confrontation. Four people have been treated for hypothermia after being doused the water cannon that was used for crowd control. The temperature on Sunday evening in Cannon Ball, North Dakota was 26 degrees F.
The confrontation began after one of the burned trucks left on the bridge on October 27 was moved by the water protectors who were tired of it blocking the highway.
Protesters are “done with the military-style barricades,” according to Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network organizer.
He wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday night: “It was to open up the road so in the daylight the world can see the face of militarized law enforcement and state oppression.”
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. Native News Online will update when more information becomes available.