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Letter: Those protesting Line 3 should pack up and go home

For months, many of us have been aware of the increased police presence that has been required at Line 3 construction sites due to unruly protesters harassing workers, blocking roads, and chaining themselves to equipment.

Letter to the editor FSA

This year, there has been a lot of tension and conversation surrounding the Line 3 pipeline project that is currently underway. While it’s a controversial issue for some, a recent letter in the Park Rapids Enterprise by a pipeline opponent left me irked.

For months, many of us have been aware of the increased police presence that has been required at Line 3 construction sites due to unruly protesters harassing workers, blocking roads, and chaining themselves to equipment.

But now, we have reached the point that people who are responsible for needing additional law enforcement presence are ironically complaining about the need for the additional law enforcement.

If these protesters followed the rules and respected the laws, there wouldn’t be a need for extra law enforcement. Because I can assure you, these police officers would rather be in the cities and towns they are supposed to work for instead of being at a protest site with protesters hurling swear words and vulgar language at them for hours on end.

So, the solution is simple. Pipeline protesters should go home, stop disrupting construction, and stop breaking the law. Until that happens, they should accept the fact that law enforcement will be there to protect the pipeline workers and other citizens from a potentially dangerous, lawless situation.

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Mayor Brian Holmer, Thief River Falls

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