US veterans rush to help Dakota pipeline protests

US military veterans have joined pipeline protests in North Dakota, following the US Army’s decision to close the area where protesters have been camping for months.

Hundreds of veterans arrived at the Oceti Sakowin Camp near the small town of Cannon Ball on Friday, to help Native American protesters and activists in their continued movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

More than 2,100 veterans have signed up on a Facebook page to form a human shield in order to protect the protesters at the camp, which is on lands belonging to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Army has warned that it would close the camp and force out the more than 1,000 people, who have been staying there in the region’s freezing cold temperatures.

Colonel John Henderson, district commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, wrote in a letter to the Standing Rock’s leader that the decision to empty the camp was to protect the public from violent confrontations…

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