Correcting the Record: USACE Weighs in on Violence

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated today that they will not oppose the temporary restraining order, acknowledging in court papers filed Monday that the area has been the site of recent confrontations and the “public interest would be served by preserving peace” until the court rules on the injunction.

Keeping the peace is important, and the MAIN Coalition wholeheartedly supports a peaceful solution to the protests north of the Standing Rock Reservation.

However, it should be noted that this statement was preceded by acts of unthinkable violence by the protesters who attacked and beat several members of the labor community working on the pipeline as well as security officials protecting construction workers and equipment.

If there is a restraining order that should be issued, it should be against those that have incited violence and assaulted the workers, the protesters themselves.