MAIN Coalition Statement on Protest Camp Evacuation

MAIN Coalition spokesman Craig Stevens issued the following statement regarding North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s evacuation order for the anti-pipeline protest camps adjacent to the Cannonball River for 2:00 p.m. local time today:

“We hope that today’s mandatory evacuation from the protest camp is peaceful and without incident. The federal and state governments have demonstrated tremendous respect and restraint allowing protesters to stay on federal land for several months, but now that seasonal floods are imminent it is in the best interest of all parties to clear and clean the area. We understand the passions that individuals on all sides of the pipeline discussion feel and hope that protesters will recognize that their voices will continue to be heard through other peaceful channels and in court. And finally, we would like to thank the local and state law enforcement officers who have stood bravely in support of upholding the law and maintaining the peace during what was at many times very trying circumstances.”