They vandalized equipment and terrorized workers, dozen of whom were locked in by the protesters. Ultimately, the assault resulted in about 250 arrests, though the group that organized the activists, Treaty People, was prepared for that. They held seminars before the escalation in protests this week at which they assured those who planned to be arrested of monetary assistance with their legal fees and even clothes for court.
But while the protesters, backed by deep-pocketed activist groups and professional public relations personnel, have been the focus of much of the news media’s reporting on the incident, far less has been paid to the pipeline workers under attack.
That’s a travesty, especially given just who some of those workers are.
A photo of damage done to construction equipment by anti-Line 3 protesters in Minnesota (photo provided by Gordon Construction)
A group of tribal contractors who are working on the Line 3 project has written a letter (see below) calling for the unlawful protests to stop.