ALERT! North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple Signs Executive Order for Mandatory Evacuation of Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, Effective Immediately!
RESPONSE: We Aren't Going Anywhere!
November 28, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
From revcom.us correspondents at Standing Rock:
In a further escalation of the outrageous eviction of water protectors from Oceti Sakowin camp, the main camp here at Standing Rock, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple just gave an executive order, effective immediately, to evacuate the camp, under threat of arrest. Dalrymple cites the reason behind this order to be 'public safety concerns'.
The Governor of North Dakota, who gave the green light to Morton County Sheriff's department spraying water cannons at water protectors in below freezing temperatures, is now concerned with public safety?
Just let that sink in for a minute...
This order is so THICK with gross hypocrisy, it is hard to even know where to start.
First of all, if Dalrymple had ANY concern for the safety of the public, he would not be letting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) go through, as it an actual danger to the health and safety of the Native people, and to millions more who depend on the Missouri River as their main water source.
He would not be unleashing his pigs to brutalize people, set their dogs on people, shoot rubber bullets at people, spray freezing cold water at people in freezing temperatures, seriously injure people with concussion grenades, spray people in the face point blank with mace and pepper spray.
In the order, Dalrymple states:
"Any action or inaction taken by any party which encourages persons to enter, reenter, or remain in the evacuation area will be subject to penalties as defined in law."
In other words, free speech has just been criminalized and any call for people to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux, to stand up against DAPL, and to oppose this outrageous escalation in this struggle will be subject to "penalties as defined in law." And in addition to this, notice the wording, "or inaction taken." This could very well lead to tribal leaders coming under attack for not actively leading people to comply with this order.
He also states:
"I direct state agencies, emergency service officials, and nongovernmental organizations to reduce threats to public safety by not guaranteeing the provision of emergency and other governmental and nongovernmental services in the evacuation area, unless otherwise approved on a case by case basis by the Morton County Sheriff or Superintendent of the Highway Patrol."
This amounts to a big FUCK YOU to the water protectors, whom he has just deemed “criminals” with the swipe of a pen, and he is saying: unless and until you vacate this land, you will not be allowed any emergency services. Hundreds of water protectors have been injured at the hands of the Sheriff's deputies and state police. Dalrymple is saying when his thugs, now, brutalize people as they did when they almost blew off the arm of Sophia Wilansky with a concussion grenade, they will be denied medical emergency aid by the very police that brutalized them!
If you are reading this, it seems to me like YOU are the threat to public safety in this case. YOU are the one calling for this escalation, not the water protectors. You have no idea how determined the people are, and how capable we are of getting through this brutal winter. And do you want to know why? Because the Native Americans and everyone who has come to stand up here are the ones who are actually concerned with the health and safety of the public, not just here at Standing Rock, but throughout the country, and the planet as a whole. We are protecting the water from people like you, who viciously resort to brutal and deadly force to enforce a system that can do no other than destroy the environment and continue to commit genocide against Native and other oppressed peoples. You don't give a damn about humanity or the environment.
FUCK YOU Dalrymple.
We aren't going anywhere.
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