Hundreds of veterans are “self-deploying” to Standing Rock on Thanksgiving. Their assignment is to “defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation.” Militarized police shot water cannons into the crowd during subfreezing weather (26 degrees) doing some very serious damage
Veteran, activist, and screenwriter Wesley Clark Jr. organized a veterans’ event with retired Baltimore police officer and Marine Corps veteran Michael Wood Jr. according to a report in the Washington Post. Clark said:
‘If we don’t stand up for the oppressed, that’s the snowball that starts that leads to everyone else’s oppression.
‘It doesn’t matter if you are a libertarian, a conservative, or a progressive, this is everyone’s fight.’
The “Veterans Stand For Standing Rock” event is a cry for veterans to “assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia” and protect the innocent. Water protectors are defending the Missouri River which is a source of water for millions of people all the way from North Dakota to Kansas City and on to St. Louis where it meets the Mississippi River.
The reason this is necessary is that the DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) is trying to run a pipeline beneath the river. It is not a question of if a leak will happen, it is a question of when. The pipeline will push 470,000 barrels of crude oil through every day. Not only will the pipeline impact the river, constructing it would destroy sacred Native American lands.
The gofundme campaign for the veterans’ event raised $43,870 of its $100,000 goal in just 10 days. They will use the money to provide transportation, food, and supplies for the volunteer veterans. The event page reads:
‘It’s time to display that honor, courage and commitment we claim to represent. It’s time for real patriots. Now more than ever, it’s time for anyone and everyone to lead.’
Clark said they are shooting for 500 veterans to attend:
‘I’m going for religious reasons. I’m not a leader. I’m not in charge. We are self-organizing this. (But) if we only have 20 or 30, that’s what God provides us.’
Clark was deeply touched when an elder from Standing Rock told him what was happening:
‘When she described what was going on, it brought tears to my eyes. People are concerned about the way the elders who are praying are being brutalized, and what we are doing to the planet.’
Veterans across the country have heard the call of this event. Veteran Marine Jade Emilio Snell said:
‘I’ve been watching the news, how they’re spraying everybody and using rubber bullets, and these guys are fighting for what they believe in and as a veteran we took an oath. We’re not just there to protect Americans in foreign countries. We’re here to protect this country inside of it, too.’
The veteran’s operation order reads:
‘In the ultimate expression of alliance, we are there to put our bodies on the line, no matter the physical cost, in complete nonviolence to provide a clear representation to all Americans of where evil resides.
‘The water protectors are leading the way against this same evil which we must all face globally, saving ourselves and our children from the apocalyptic outcome of climate change.
Wood explained another reason for supporting the protesters:
‘No group in the country has served a greater percentage in US military than Native Americans. We need to support them.’
Check out this video of militarized police shooting water cannons during sub-freezing weather, not to put out fires but to attack protesters. Please note that the sound goes silent when the video goes aerial:
Featured Image: Wesley Clark, Jr.’s Twitter Page.
H/T: Washington Post.