Letters for Nov. 6, 2016

Protectors trying peaceful approach with pipeline

Thank you for publishing the latest Associated Press article on DAPL and the bloody war going on between the protectors of the water and the police.

However, the AP didn’t quite give all the story. As of today, one horse has been killed by rubber bullets, another injured but survived. My cousin, who is on the front line, was hit by a beanbag and posted a selfie, showing blood and bruising on his left cheek. The police continue to use pepper spray against the protectors. At least one sweat lodge was entered and the participants removed, including an elder who was shoved down; this violates the Freedom of Religion Act, a freedom Indians were finally granted in 1978.

I have seen numerous videos posted by friends who are there showing police officers in full battle gear with batons and guns, which they have fired at the protectors. I have read a letter being sent to our president asking for support. I have posted a list of 17 banks who are helping to finance the building of this pipeline in North Dakota.

This has moved beyond skirmish to out-and-out warfare. Yet only once have I seen or heard of a protector fight back. And she was mentioned in the AP article.

Greed and corruption are destroying our country. We need more aloha in our land. Let it begin with us.

Susan Campbell

Kalaheo

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