Police in riot gear shot rubber bullets and used pepper spray on water protectors on the shoreline of the Cantapeta Creek, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation on Wednesday, according to NBC News.
After a few mostly peaceful days for at the campground where thousands have gathered to protect the water and land from the illegal pipeline, protectors put out the call for people to “make your way to the river” for a “river action,” but to do so “in prayer.”
In a Facebook Live stream, Cempoalli Twenny, who is at Standing Rock to protect the water, said, “The pipeline is getting really close to the river now, so it’s crunch time.”
Protectors on the shoreline peacefully prayed, played drums, sang, and waded into the river towards the base of the hill where militarized police waited.
It was a “100 percent peaceful protest,” according to activist Erin Schrode, who was shot in the lower back with a rubber bullet while standing on the shoreline opposite police. Schrode had joined others from the camp in solidarity as they prayed on the shoreline.
A confrontation erupted after police destroyed a wooden bridge that demonstrators constructed to access a sacred site.