At least 2,000 U.S. military veterans have arrived at Standing Rock amid frigid cold to help battle against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The vets, led by Wesley Clark Jr., son of retired general and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark, began arriving in force today to help protest against the controversial crude oil pipeline project in North Dakota.
They are joining the months-long demonstration at a moment of heightened drama: The North Dakota governor has issued an emergency evacuation order for protesters around the site, which follows a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deadline for demonstrators to leave the area by Monday, Dec. 5.
But protesters and their supporters have shown little inclination to back down. Donations to a GoFundMe account launched by Clark in support of Veterans for Standing Rock, a group he claims will “assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation,” have passed the $1 million dollar mark, coming from more than 24,000 individual donors, according to a page promoting the cause.
Standing Rock protesters have described the veterans’ mission as serving as a kind of “human shield” between peaceful demonstrators and police.
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