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Indigenous groups stage first protests as Enbridge pipeline construction begins


December 7, 2020

Provided by Giniw Collective

A protester mounted a tree near the Mississippi River in Aitkin County on Friday to deter construction on the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in norther Minnesota.

Two protesters climbed trees at a Mississippi River crossing Friday to stand in the way of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline construction, which began earlier this week across northern Minnesota.

The protesters, who call themselves "water protectors," mounted the protest among an Aitkin County forest set to be logged as "direct blockades to the attempt by Enbridge to drill Line 3 under the Mississippi River."

"Water is not invincible. That's why I am here," said 22-year-old Liam DelMain of Minneapolis in a statement released by Giniw Collective. "I am here, putting my body on the line, because I have been left with no other choices."


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