Standing Rock Water Protectors on European Tour Arrive in Brussels from Paris

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Native American Water Protectors from Standing Rock Camps on 11 City Tour of Europe urge divestment in pipelines and dirty energy

 

By  Brenda Norrell

Photo by Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot

 

Update: Water Protectors from Standing Rock Camps Led the Parade of 12,000 People Today in Brussels, Belgium, saying: "Trump has got to go!"

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Native American water protectors from Standing Rock camps are on an 11 city tour of Europe. They have just arrived in Brussels to join the protest, “Trump Not Welcome Here," at NATO. The Tour is taking water protectors to Paris, Brussels, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Italy.

 

The European Tour began in Paris where water protectors, and supporters in Paris, urged banks to divest in Dakota Access Pipeline.

Nataani Means, Dineh/Lakota from Chinle on the Navajo Nation, and Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot from Washington State, spoke to the shareholders of Société General, BNP, and Nataxis banks in Paris.
Nataani Means said, “Rachel and I were the only ones allowed in with our translators. We were met with derogatory yelling, boos, and confrontation. When we stated that these banks and their investments into overseas pipelines directly affect my people and community, people began to make so much noise meant to muffle our voices while we were speaking. We were treated with unbelievable disrespect.”

Nataani shared the words of Waste Win Young, Dakota/Lakota from Standing Rock, who like Nataani was arrested on the frontlines of the resistance at Standing Rock, as militarized police attacked water protectors.

The police were defending the private pipeline Dakota Access Pipeline, and fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons in freezing temperatures at the unarmed water protectors.

Native American women and elderly were among those arrested and jailed in Morton County in “dog kennels,” chain linked fences on concrete floors without sufficient water, food and medicine, with numbers written on their arms, as was done by the Nazis.
In Paris this week, Nataani shared the words of Wasté Win Young, and the disrespect they encountered as they urged banks to divest in pipelines and dirty energy.

Waste said,  "This is what we are up against here. Similarly, it is what those who want to protect unči maka are up against world wide. It's not all fun and games.”

“There are genuine people who listen that have the power to change things and those are the ones we need to get to.”
Nataani said, “I saw first hand the evil. This is a huge fight. We have to go from all angles. I never felt rage like that before. They had security at my side at all times too. Even followed me to the bathroom. I am not the threat here. Your investments are!”

Hip Hop artists Nataani Means and Water Protector Rafael Gonzales from Minneapolis performed in concert in Paris as the tour began.

Water protectors said their passage through Europe will be to demand that European banks divest from an array of projects which are devastating for the climate and violate the First Nations Rights (the Dakota Access Pipeline being one of them); and to show once again the European peoples’ firm opposition to Trump’s criminal climate policies.

“With non-violent actions of civil disobedience, conferences, debates, and also hip-hop concerts, informal exchanges and conviviality, the tour aims to participate in the building of a global force which commits itself to climate justice, and to oppose fascism and neoliberalism,” Water protectors said.

In Brussels, they will participate in the big march against Trump on May 24th starting at 5pm in the North Station and on May 25th in the morning at the Peace Rally ” No to NATO – People not war”, a peaceful gathering in front of the NATO summit. They will also take part in a solidarity action and public event in areas affected by earthquakes in Grongingen before engaging in a cultural event on June 2nd in Amsterdam.

In Germany, on June 4, 2 pm, a public tour is organised to the hambacher forest occupation against the expansion of the lignite Coal mine. In Geneva, Swiss people will be invited by Standing Rock water defenders to demand Credit Suisse divestment and to give voice to first nations in the UN Special Session on Corporate Responsibility. After a meeting with representatives of human rights and environmental Spain-based organisations, DAPL divestment will be the centre of a conference on June 9th in Madrid.

Read more about the Tour at Censored News:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/05/standing-rock-water-protectors-leave.html

More photos of water protectors in Paris

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Top photo: Rafael Gonzales, friend, Rachel Heaton, Waste Win Young, Nataani Means in Paris by Rachel Heaton

 

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Narco News

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.