Mon Jun 24, 2013, 12:32 PM
sinkingfeeling (33,149 posts)
Fayetteville people arrested at Tar Sands Blockade this morning in Oklahoma.
Just received this from our local peace organization, OMNI:
This morning nine Tar Sands Pipeline Protesters were arrested, after locking themselves to heavy equipment along the pipeline route in Oklahoma. Injuries are being reported. Part of the group included OMNI members from Fayetteville, and Arkansans from Little Rock. Here is the story we have so far, and photos will be coming out later today.
OMNI members Joanna Pollock and David Garcia, with six others, locked themselves to earth moving equipment and blocked work on the pipeline. The police arrived very quickly and demanded that they unlock. When they refused, officials threatened to use jaws of "life" to break their arms. Police brought out the jaws, and put up a tarp between observers and 2 protesters so they couldn't see what happened to them. But they could hear sounds of the metal grinding, and very soon the protesters began to scream in pain. An ambulance arrived and took the two injured protesters away.
Police approached the Blockade police liaison and demanded that he use the lockdown key to release the other protesters, and when he refused they threatened to arrest him for "kidnapping"... an odd threat.
Threats of brutality continued, and at about 9:00 am the other six protesters decided to unlock for their own safety. They have been arrested, and Joanna and David were observed in the squad car smiling. There is a chance they might be arraigned today. Further information will be coming out over the course of the day.
This story will be ignored by mainstream media. These protesters are trying to block a vast environmental threat to water systems and lands from Canada to Houston. It also represents the threat of corporate use of eminent domain to landowners all along the route. If the story is new to you, please ask questions now. Please share with your friends list to bypass media that will not cover it.
Photos and more information at this link
More information here
OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology
"OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology actively educates, empowers and connects
to build a nonviolent, sustainable, and just world"
3274 No. Lee Ave, Fayetteville, Arkansas USA
479-935-4422 -- email@example.com
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