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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, people protesting the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline gather at a campground near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux's tribal council voted Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, to make tribal land available for those protesting the oil pipeline, though an organizer from another tribe says many likely won't move. Standing Rock chairman Dave Archambault II says the tribal council voted to use reservation land so that permanent structures can be built to protect protesters from winter weather. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

More than 80 people were arrested at a Dakota Access pipeline protest


More than 80 people who were protesting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline were arrested on Saturday at a pipeline construction site, reports ABC News

Over 300 people attended the protest, prompting the authorities to be called at 5:20 a.m. The protests escalated, leading the police to arrest people engaging in violent activity and those who attached themselves to machinery. 

Those arrested are facing charges of assault, criminal trespass, and rioting. 

This protest is not peaceful or lawful.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier

Officers did use pepper spray when some protesters attempted to break the line that police had formed between protesters and the site's construction equipment. One protester even grabbed an officers can of pepper spray and use it to blind him. 

A line of protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota head to a unity rally on the west steps of the State Capitol late Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Texas company Energy Transfer Partners has been trying to finish the 1,200-mile pipeline, but have run into issues with activists concerned about construction affecting water quality and Native-American burial sites. 

The pipeline is a controversial project that draws a lot of criticism on social media. 

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