MANDAN, N.D. – The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline aren’t ending.
At 3:30 pm Monday, about 200 protesters made their way from the main protest camp, along the frozen Cannonball River, and headed north on the Missouri River. They stopped at a fence along the shoreline of the Missouri River, approximately 700 feet from the Dakota Access Pipeline horizontal drill pad.
They approached the officers who were on the opposite side of a barbed wire fence. Some called out Martin Luther King Junior Day as a reason for the protest. As the crowds grew and yelled at officers, the video shows law enforcement formed a line with shields.
Law enforcement and National Guard soldiers kept the protesters from entering onto the private property after protesters cut out sections of the fence. Three arrests were made near the confluence of the Cannonball River and the Missouri River for criminal trespassing onto private property, inciting a riot and resisting arrest. They were taken to the Morton County Correctional Center in Mandan.
The protesters dispersed around 7 pm.
Protesters were also on the Backwater Bridge on the state highway that runs through the area starting at 3:30 pm and as of 8:30 pm, about 40-50 protesters remained. During this time they cut the security wire, removed fencing material and dismantled the lights illuminating the bridge. No arrests were made at this location.
Law enforcement has made a total of 589 arrests during protest activity since August 10.