US police use water cannon on Dakota pipeline protesters

Police in the US state of North Dakota have clashed with protesters, using extreme measures against hundreds of protesters who sought to stop the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP). 

The face-off took place on Sunday evening, when about 400 protesters gathered near one of the project’s construction sites, trying to get past a bridge that had been blockaded since late October, according to the Morton County Sheriff’s Office.

Calling the protest “an ongoing riot,” police officials said they used water cannons to disperse the group despite the low temperatures at the area.

Eyewitness videos showed police officers using tear gas as well. At least one protester was taken into custody, according to unofficial reports.

The protests were part of a nationwide movement by Native American tribes and scores of environmental activists, some of whom have been camping outside the pipeline’s construction sites since August.

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