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US tar sands protest

On 19 November dozens of protestors formed a human chain to stop heavy machinery moving around the path of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through Texas. Four locked themselves to machinery and three suspended themselves from 50-foot pine trees with lifelines anchored to construction equipment.

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies were reported to have used ‘pain compliance’ measures, including pepper spray, to remove the locked-on protestors, who were dragged away ‘very aggressively and painfully’ and arrested.

Two activists were arrested when they tried to block a cherry-picker removing protestors from the trees. There were 12 arrests altogether.

Topics: tar sands