2,000 Veterans Just Arrived At Standing Rock To Form “Human Shield” Around Protesters

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VETERANS TO

”LOOK AT THE AGGRESSORS

IN THE FACE”

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“We want to offer them a moment of peace and, if we can, take a little bit of pressure off,” said veterans spokesperson Ashleigh Jennifer Parker. People are being brutalized; concussion grenades are being thrown into crowds. They’re spraying people, even old women, and other elders of the tribe with tear gas and pepper spray and all of this is just unconstitutional. I can’t believe the media hasn’t taken more of an interest in this.”

This veteran says he walked 200 miles to get to Standing Rock. Here’s his story:

IndigenousEnviroNet @IENearth
Veteran Chris Turley walked over 200miles to Standing Rock to show solidarity f/t water protectors.

Ruth Hopkins @RuthHHopkins
Meanwhile DAPL forces continue to vandalize the vehicles of Honor the Earth, slash tires, break windows #NoDAPL

From the 2nd article:

The veterans say their action will not be violent and they will have no weapons.

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“We will be unarmed, completely prepared for peaceful protest,” Parker said. “We don’t even like the word ‘protest.’ We’re there to help the water protectors,” she said, referring to the phrase that has come to describe the protesters.
The veterans’ action came about after veteran Michael Wood, a former police officer, and Wesley Clark, a veteran and screenwriter, set up a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe.com to raise money to help veterans support the Standing Rock protests. As of Wednesday night, the campaign had raised $692,240.
The organizers said they believe that if they are treated violently, it will draw more attention to the clashes that have been happening at the protest site.
“We’re hoping if we stand together in formation and look the aggressors in their face … if they can treat us the same way (as they have the protesters) then that should showcase to the American people what’s going on up there,” Parker said
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“2,000 veterans to give protesters a break at Standing Rock”
Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/30/veterans-give-protesters-break-standing-rock/94698198/
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