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The Standing Rock Protests Are a Taste of Things To Come


#1

The Standing Rock Protests Are a Taste of Things To Come

Kate Aronoff

Horrific scenes have been coming out of North Dakota these last several days, where the battle is ongoing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. On Sunday night, police turned tear gas and rubber bullets on hundreds of unarmed “water protectors”, as those taking on the pipeline prefer to be called. They deployed water cannons as well, in temperatures well below freezing. More than 160 people were injured, and many sent to the hospital.


#2

First Peoples continue to bear the brunt of state terrorism. The inhumanity in North Dakota, Aleppo, Occupied Palestine, and elsewhere, will and has, spread to any and all who struggle for justice, equality, and freedom from economic oppression/slavery against "authorities" with guns.
The silence on the escalating organized brutality at Standing Rock from our "leaders" is deafening! Intentional targeting of unarmed protesters with lethal force is reality for Palestinians and the fighters at Standing Rock!

"Homeland Security - Fighting Terrorism Since 1492"


#3

Hopefully resistance by water protectors and solidarity actions will continue. The company is losing money and backing and, if this continues, the project may be scrapped.

There is no hope for support from US political 'leaders',the US justice department, or US courts. President Obama, while speaking eloquently, has made it clear that he will take no action to stop DAPL and reign in the police brutality towards water protectors and their supporters. Other than Bernie Sanders, most in positions of power have been pretty silent regarding DAPL and the state supported violence against Native Americans and their supporters. Among those who have been pretty silent are the presumed saviors of the Democrat Party including Elizabeth Warren - who self identifies as having Native American heritage - and Keith Ellison - who is being presented at the chair of DNC 2.0.


#4

Obama has set the stage, from discarding our right to habeas corpus, https://www.rt.com/usa/obama-ndaa-detention-president-288/ , to allowing the Dept. of Homeland Security to purchase military equipment for police departments, along with 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, including:

"...hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America."


#5

Pundits bemoan how bad things will be under Trump, but here we have the Nobel Peace Prize winning Obama standing by doing nothing to protect the Water Protectors.

Oh, excuse me, I spoke too soon. He gives the Presidential Metal of Freedom to sports figures while he gives the real protectors of freedom blasts of ice water and tear gas.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Come to think of it, even though the new boss is despicable, at least he is honest about his agenda.


#6

this is what's maddening and totally dishonest about the entire liberal blogosphere right now. it's as if brutal anti-protest actions just started.

Occupy got clobbered--in many cities!--led largely by Democrats. Quan in Oakland, Nagin in NO, Obama's fed cops helping every step of the way.

Brutal treatment of lengthy protest (except for the right wing variety) is de rigeur in this country, and has a long and sordid history.

So let's avoid turning this into a partisan issue when it's a bipartisan one. Power crushes opposition. With or without Trump.

And our job is to resist all of it. Not just the oppressors with the wrong letter next to their name.


#7

Those whom plan on demonstrating against Dump's sacred cows would be well advised to learn some of the tricks of the trade: proper liquids to flush out tear gas and pepper spray, what substances to dip one's handkerchief in before applying to cover one's mouth and nose, effective helmets and body armor, good lawyers, etc.


#8

"While he ran a Populist candidacy, he's building a Cabinet for the 1%."

Obama redux.


#9

Yes, nonviolent civil disobedience will be useless when Trump is in power. It will be like the civil rights movement during the days of Bull Conner. The civil rights movement only succeeded when the federal government got involved and forced change. Therefore, protecting water and other local natural resources will be difficult once projects are approved. The efforts to fight climate change on the other should be impeded much by Trump. Since Congress has done nothing over the years states have become leaders in the effort and their programs are not that dependent on federal money since states have the power to tax and cap and trade programs in a number of states bring in money. Also, many cities across the country have taken on leadership roles.


#10

Back in 2003 when millions around the world and so many of us, in America, tried to stop that illegal, shocking and awful war in Iraq. I wrote a similar piece about the taste of things to come, where I predicted that since American foreign policy was overtly, fascist, that it would be just a matter of time until Amerika's domestic policy would be overtly fascist. Well, too bad.. I was correct!


#11

OOOOHhhhh yyyyyeeeaaahhh...... things are Not going to be 'nice" any more..... there is now a WAR ON ......So far, Standing Rock, is just one of the battles.... KeyStone was another... it WILL NOT STOP..
I stood in the court yard again today and help my "SUPPORT THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX SIGN.... with "ARREST OIL EXECS" ON THE BACK..... got about 6 honks... small town... 3,774 in 2014.....


#12

"what the next four years could entail"

There is a false assumption here; it assumes that in 4 years time there will be a presidential election.


#13

There will not be a smooth sailing, but sail on we must! Standing Rock is but a microcosm of what the incoming regime wishes to implement, on a grander scale, that has already been in place.


#14

If canines were being hosed in frigid temperatures, the entire country would be up in arms and demanding the militarized police be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for animal abuse. How telling are the priorities of the American people?


#15

Most don't get it Yet; when the fascist boots come down on the protesting masses, they will get "it"!


#16

Yes, the Great Battle is underway... for survival, for Madre Tierra! Rise up People!


#17

Trouble is, the protesting masses are not protesting.
They are watching Dancing With The Stars.


#18

The federal government got involved in civil rights because peaceful protestors were reacted to violently, and because their self-suffering, an integral component of Gandhian and other peaceful protests and direct action. made it clear they felt strongly enough about the issue to risk their lives, without being violent themselves. Such actions can be very persuasive and convince many people who wouldn't listen otherwise that a cause is right. We'll need thousands of such actions to avoid climate cataclysm, at the very least.

Let it be noted also, that under Clinton there would certainly have been violent repression of climate direct actions, too, although many people would have gone back to sleep, vainly hoping the government would take care of the problem.


#19

'They' won't know it's happening because there will be a news blackout--boots coming down won't be reported, or if it is it will be spun 180 degrees from the truth.


#20

Obama was an actual Trojan Horse.