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Published August 23, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — In an attempt to “break up” the camp, the State of North Dakota on Monday removed the water tanks of drinking water for the #NoDAPL protesters.
The water tanks removal was ordered on Monday by the State of North Dakota Homeland Security Division Director Greg Wilz, who cited the security of the equipment used as his reason for making his decision.
“Based on the scenario down there, we don’t believe that equipment is secure,” Homeland Security Division Director Greg Wilz said.
There is some irony in the removal of the water, because water is exactly one of the main reasons why the demonstrators have been protesting the Dakota Access pipeline that if completed will cross several waterways in North Dakota.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe does not want its water source contaminated in the event of a pipeline rupture.
While the water provided by the state was welcomed, many protesters bring their own water into the camps set up around the protest site.
Since Thursday, August 11, 2016, the date of the first arrests, the number of protesters has grown to over 2,000. Some estimate the number to be closer to 4,000. American Indians and supporters have come from all directions. Representives from tribes as far as California on the west and North Carolina on the east.
Not everyone is camping. Some lodge at hotels in the area. Depending on employment and educational responsibilities, some come and go as they can to provide support.
In an attempt to further cause the protesters to break camp is law enforcement is no longer allowing trucks to come and go to empty the portable toilets set up for protesters. There are reports that the trucks are turned away at the barricades set up by law enforcement late last week to maintain traffic.
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