More than a thousand live at the protest camp near Cannonball. One-mile down the road, 200 of them stood off with police.
For a time the group formed a human chain to block the roadway across the highway and refused a law enforcement request to leave. Reverend Jesse Jackson paused his campaigning for Hillary Clinton to lend his support.
“We shall appeal our government, president. who’s running for president. attorney general,” says Jackson.
Officers from states as far as Wisconsin have joined in with local police to deal with situation. Police believe protesters are encouraging a confrontation that they don’t want no part of.
“Our emphasis here is we don’t want a confrontation. The last thing North Dakota law enforcement wants is a confrontation. The last thing the state of North Dakota wants is a confrontation,” says Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney.
He says their hand is being forced when protesters trespass on property now owned by the pipeline. But protesters say they’re doing so on land secured by a decades-old treaty.
“We’re going to try to do it as peacefully as possible with prayer and that’s all we can hope for. That’s all we can really hope for,” says Angelo Sison, a protester.
Jackson led the group in prayer, and said pipeline opposers have a right to be heard.
(Reverend Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Leader)
“The fact that it’s non-violent and disciplined. Ultimately the rightness of it will prevail.”
He says activists should hold their ground in asking for government intervention.
NAT sound: Jackson: “Justice.. for all now.. justice for all now..”
No arrests made today, and the protesters camping on Dakota Access land still remain.