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A total of 18 arrested in state Capitol protests

BISMARCK - A total of 18 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested Thursday due to activity authorities deemed illegal on the Capitol grounds and near the governor's residence, according to Lt. Tom Iverson, of the North Dakota Highway Patro...

 

BISMARCK - A total of 18 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested Thursday due to activity authorities deemed illegal on the Capitol grounds and near the governor's residence, according to Lt. Tom Iverson, of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The incident resulted in a lockdown being ordered at 3:48 p.m. at the Capitol building.

About 15 to 20 people entered the east judicial wing, formed a circle in the atrium, but had not obtained a permit for a public protest, according to Iverson, who noted the action was preceded by a large number of vehicles entering the Capitol grounds.

Protesters ignored multiple warnings to vacate the area, he said.

"It was obvious they were there to get arrested. They were there for their commitment to civil disobedience," Iverson said.

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Fourteen were arrested from the Capitol building for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Iverson said the passive resistance involved "childish acts," in which protesters refused to stand or walk, forcing officers to carry them from the scene.

Another group moved toward lawn of the governor's residence and began protesting at about 5:15 p.m.

"They were warned multiple times to remove themselves ... and, once again, it was apparent they just wanted to make a statement and be arrested," said Iverson, adding the group, including clergy, did remain peaceful.

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