Dozens arrested as US police crack down on pipeline protests

Police in the US state of North Dakota have clamped down on a fresh round of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, days after President Donald Trump’s directive to resume the project’s construction.

On Wednesday, police arrested at least 76 of the protesters who had gathered near a construction site.

The protests broke out after North Dakota lawmakers Senator John Hoeven and Representative Kevin Cramer said work will continue on the stalled pipeline, despite concerns by Native American tribes and environmental activists about its implications.

Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer “has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said Hoeven.

Cramer, meanwhile, noted that congressional notification of the decision was “imminent.”

Last week, Trump signed an executive order to continue the pipeline, after the project was brought to a halt upon an order from his…

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