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Pipeline Protest Camp Shut Down, Arrests Made

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Jasper Spillman, of Lawrence, Kan., leaves the protest camp as opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline leave their main protest camp Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Cannon Ball, N.D. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 11:30 AM

The Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp began to clear out Wednesday as police arrived to shut down the site where thousands of demonstrators have resided during their fight against the pipeline project.

As of Wednesday, many of the remaining protesters were forced to leave the camp due to a deadline set by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to Fox News.

The deadline was put in place due to a spring flooding threat that plagued the area.

Some protesters left voluntarily early Wednesday, while others remained. About 10 protesters were arrested outside of the campsite following confrontations with authorities, according to Fox News.

“We’re very firm that the camp is now closed,” Gov. Doug Burgum said at a news conference late Wednesday, according to Reuters.

The campsite has been occupied since August on federal property near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, located near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

The camp drew more than 5,000 U.S. environmental activists and Native Americans at the height of the protests, according to Reuters.

While many of the protesters left the site over the course of the winter, Reuters reported that about 300 demonstrators remained at the campsite until this week.

There was disappointment among protesters and others after President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month to allow completion of the project valued at nearly $4 billion, Reuters noted.

Despite the deadline for the campsite ending on Wednesday, there are still dozens of protesters at the camp who refuse to leave.

“I feel as though now is the time to stand our ground,” said Alethea Phillips, a teenaged protester from Michigan who’s remained at the camp for three months, according to Reuters.

Chase Iron Eyes, a member of Standing Rock Sioux, said his determination will not be wavered even following Wednesday’s arrests.

“You can’t arrest a movement,” he said, according to Reuters. “You can’t arrest a spiritual revolution.”

Remaining demonstrators set off fireworks Wednesday morning and some set tents and structures on fire at the camp.

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