Morning loomed over the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp. Everyone was told to be out by 2pm.
Clarence Rowland, a long-time protester noted, “This day kind of came really fast. I’m glad to still see a lot of people walking around, working. I know a lot of people, like I said, are going to stay here.”
The morning started out with ceremonial structure fires – quite a few of them. A few hours later around noon, some started to leave. Those protesters that have decided to leave the camp are now performing a ceremonial prayer walk to those buses that are going to be taking them away from the area.
Law enforcement eventually pushed back the 2pm deadline to 4 for those still remaining in the camp. And after that, they started making arrests.
Lieutenant Tom Iverson said regarding the arrests, “That would have been great if there were no arrests and people would have just left. But that’s something that we realize is our job and that we take seriously and it’s what the citizens of North Dakota expect of us, is to do our job and ultimately for people to obey the law.”
Overall, 10 arrests were made, but it’s not over yet. A handful of protesters remain, but law enforcement said they were done for the day.
Authorities the protesters set about 20 fires. They say at least two explosions resulted. A 7-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were taken by ambulance to a Bismarck hospital to be treated for burns.