(Wochit News) Authorities have moved in on activists demonstrating against a controversial North Dakota oil pipeline. NBC News reports that armed soldiers and paramilitary civilian police in riot gear forcibly removed demonstrators using trucks and buses. The water protectors include Native Americans and allied environmental activists. They have been camped on sacred ground (which Dakota Access calls private property) since Oct. 23 near the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. The 1,000+ mile pipeline would run close to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Opponents of the project say the pipeline would disturb sacred burial sites and could adversely impact drinking water for Native Americans and those who depend on the Missouri River.
|"I was strip searched" - Shailene Woodley|
Footage of Woodley’s arrest was streamed live to roughly 40,000 viewers on her Facebook page. She was later strip-searched in jail. She says her dedication to protest with indigenous people who are at the forefront of the fight remains strong: "Every time we allow another pipeline...we are endorsing the fossil fuel industry and only prolonging the time it is going to take to switch to renewable energy."
Woodley recently starred in the new film "Snowden." She has appeared in the TV series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and has also starred in films including "The Divergent Series" and "The Fault in Our Stars." She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Alex King in "The Descendants."
|Water protectors pray to Great Spirit (AP)|