USA

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Thousands of people, including Native Americans, protested against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the border of North and South Dakota, close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. While Sioux leaders advocated for protests to remain peaceful, state law enforcement officials, private security companies, as well as the North Dakota National Guard employed a militarized response to the protests. More than 400 people were allegedly arrested, about 90 percent of them from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, including Chairman Dave Archambault II. Civil society organizations reported the use of excessive violence and humiliation during the arrests.