Recently, an anti-tar sands action camp hosted by our allies at Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance was infiltrated by undercover cops working in cahoots with TransCanada.
“According to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal, investigators from the Bryan County Sherriff’s Department had been spying on a Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance training camp that took place from March 18 to March 22 and which brought together local landowners, Indigenous communities and environmental groups opposed to the pipeline.
On the morning of March 22 activists had planned to block the gates at the company’s strategic oil reserves in Cushing, OK, as part of the larger protest movement against TransCanada’s tar sands pipeline. But when they showed up in the early morning hours and began unloading equipment from their vehicles they were confronted by police officers. Stefan Warner, an organizer with Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, says some of the vehicles en route to the protest site were pulled over even before they had reached Cushing. He estimates that roughly 50 people would have participated—either risking arrest or providing support. The act of nonviolent civil disobedience, weeks in the planning, was called off.”
-Cross-posted from the Earth First! Journal
The continued pursuit of compassionate activists rather than corporate criminals is just another example of the continuing trend toward fascism in the “United States.” While police continue to collude with industry, we must continue to resist this harmful and exploitative trend in our communities. We will not be deterred in our mission for a just and sustainable earth in the face of intimidation.