Demonstrators protest the Line 3 pipeline on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol on Aug. 25, 2021. By Jake Johnson With Enbridge on the verge of completing its multibillion-dollar Line 3 pipeline, thousands of Indigenous leaders and environmentalists brought their protests against the sprawling tar sands project to the grounds of the Minnesota state capitol building on Wednesday to demand that lawmakers intervene before the dirty oil starts flowing . Roughly 2,000 demonstrators — including Indigenous leaders who marched over 250 miles along the pipeline’s route — rallied at the capitol Wednesday afternoon and hundreds stayed through the night as Minnesota police officers guarded the building’s perimeter, which was surrounded by a chain-link fence installed in anticipation of the protest. "The cops are gathered here by the hundred and the governor’s brand new fence glimmers in the background, but our spirit is resolved," the Resist Line 3 Media Collective tweeted as pipeline opponents prepared to camp on the lawn of the capitol building. "We’re staying." There’s been a beautiful ceremony in front of the Minnesota state Capitol led by Indigenous elders and water protec… — RootsAction (@RootsAction) 1629947505.0 Part of a " Treaties Not Tar Sands " […]


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