Activists vandalized a World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. Tuesday in protest of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota.
Protesters are tweeting a photo of “#NoDAPL” spray-painted in black on the North Dakota memorial. The hashtag has become popular among environmentalists opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
— Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) November 8, 2016
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe believe the pipeline would trample on their tribal lands and destroy artifacts. They also argue it could potentially poison waterways such as the Missouri River.
Defacing property has become a tactic among the pipeline protesters.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, for instance, vandalized a piece of construction equipment in September at a rally in North Dakota protesting the pipeline’s construction.
Law enforcement officials monitored the situation from afar, but did nothing to intervene.
Nearly 100 protesters gathered with Stein at the time – meanwhile two people at the rally bound themselves to a bulldozer as construction workers looked on.
The protests have culminated in spats violence, prompting President Barack Obama to issue a temporary halt on further construction on the pipeline. He went on to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to find ways to reroute the $4 billion project.
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