The protestors of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota are about to get some major support.
More than 2,000 veterans have agreed to act as “human shields” to protect protesters from December 4 to 7, according to a Facebook event. They launched the effort, called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock on Tuesday and after months of protesters clashing with the police over the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
The same day the group announced its initiative, state officials threatened toimpose fines and block supplies from reaching a nearby camp where protesters reside. Though officials backed away from the threat, Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s mandatory, immediate order for evacuation due to “anticipated harsh weather conditions,” announced Monday, still stands.
Last week, SENATOR CORY BOOKER "sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging the Justice Department to intervene and send federal monitors to Standing Rock “to ensure protesters can peacefully assemble and exercise the First Amendment rights.”