‘What a Crock’: Clinton Breaks DAPL Silence With Statement That Says ‘Literally Nothing’

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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Hillary Rodham Clinton listens before delivering remarks at an event in New York. Clinton has offered praise for President Barack Obama’s executive actions to stave off deportation for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But the Democrats’ favored presidential hopeful has been less forthcoming on other issues in these early days of the 2016 contest. Clinton is not, so far, a candidate, and she’s limiting her commentary about the daily news cycle confronting Obama. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

by Lauren McCauley at Common Dreams

Response comes the same day militarized police forcibly cleared hundreds of water protectors from protest site.

No longer able to sit on the sidelines and remain silent about the battle raging in North Dakota over Indigenous rights to clean water and sacred land, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton released a statement on Thursday about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) fight—and it says “literally nothing.”

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Ten youth from Standing Rock tell the Democratic presidential nominee that “if we’re gonna #StandWithHer then she’s gonna need to #StandWithStandingRock and say #NODAPL!!” as said by activist Rae Breaux. (Photo: Rae Breaux/Twitter)

The statement was delivered via email to a handful of Indigenous journalists and news outlets and was said to be in response to a letter that Native leaders had sent to the former secretary of state asking for her help, as the Indigenous water protectors and their allies have faced tanks, militarized police forces, mace, and attack dogs as they’ve stood their ground in protest of the tar sands pipeline.

Fed-up about her months-long silence, Indigenous youth from the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes also demonstrated outside Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday asking for some sort of acknowledgement.

But coming the same day that over 300 police officers in riot gear and armored vehicles—brandishing pepper spray, percussion grenades, sound cannons, and non-lethal shotguns, according to observers—forcibly cleared hundreds of water protectors from the frontline camp recently reclaimed through eminent domain, the response struck many as non-committal and lacking appropriate “outrage.”

 

 


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