Riot Police Begin Mass-Arrests at Dakota Access Pipeline, FB Censors Video


By: Nick Bernabe | CEO –

(ANTIMEDIA) North Dakota — It didn’t take long after the National Guard was activated in North Dakota for militarized law enforcement to descend upon the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Today, mass arrests began as riot gear-clad police attempted to break up Native American opposition to the construction of the pipeline, which has been halted at one location but continues elsewhere.

According to independent news outlet Unicorn Riot, at least 20 protesters, or “water protectors,” have been arrested at gunpoint along with medics and two journalists. Police issued a one-time warning to “water protectors” that any trespassers would be arrested. The warning came after several people locked themselves to construction equipment in acts of civil disobedience on Tuesday.

Unicorn Riot, which has been broadcasting live video of the tense standoff in North Dakota, says Facebook has been censoring their link from

Commenters on their Facebook page were also complaining they could not share the video. Screenshots posted by page followers show Facebook blocked the link.


[UPDATE: A Unicorn Riot collective member confirmed to Anti-Media via email that Facebook was blocking the video link with its “automated censorship system.”

“At a critical moment of our coverage of a Dakota Access Pipeline direct action today, Facebook’s automated censorship system blocked our video URL, shortly before two of our journalists were arrested onsite. As we started to cover today’s direct action, our collective members immediately noticed that the full Livestream event URL ( was being blocked from Facebook. Posts and comments with the URL both immediately triggered popup security alerts. We tried putting the same URL through Bitly shortening and that official Unicorn Riot page post was deleted by Facebook within a few minutes. Finally we went with sharing our “Live Channel” URL on our own website which had the embed included on it.

We also verified that the “Facebook Debugger” warned that our live video URL violated “community standards”. Both Facebook and law enforcement acted to blocked our media distribution today, but we will not let them stop our mission to amplify the voices of people who might otherwise go unheard, and broadcast the stories that might otherwise go untold.

Also, as one member of the collective, I should point out it is obviously concerning when a large media conglomerate blocks URLs to competing video platforms.”]

Surveillance planes were also seen patrolling the protest site, reports Unicorn Riot.

Anti-Media has reached out to Morton County Sheriff’s Department for clarification and will update this story if they respond.




  • Petah Sharp

    September 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    There is no human decency for people or the living world,once again I see similarities akin to hitler and his forces againts the jews,only now its not one race that is being attacked,it is the life force of many races,WATER.
    There can be only one outcome if this is continued,DEATH.

  • bigdickbob

    September 14, 2016 at 1:07 am

    yep the militarization of law enforcement is crazy. soon theyll be shooting and tazing us with drones.

  • Patrick Matriscino

    September 14, 2016 at 1:46 am

    If the Native Americans are not allowed to defend their sacred lands…then as far as I’m concerned…it is the same as Hitler’s German y..we do not need another pipeline across our country..because ir is not only an eye-sore…but a danger to our already fragile stop arresting those decent people..and..Stop that damn pipeline…it is not all about the money…like everything else now days. I Don’t even recognise the country I served for (U.S.Army..1961-1964)….!!@

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  • Royal Rockefeller

    September 14, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Facebook you bastards why do you want to censor this video and block it from being published? When you allow uncensored videos to be published of Isis being blown up and killed and graphic videos of people being killed and shot are you raciest against Native Americans or something? It sure as hell looks like it you bastards





One Response to “Riot Police Begin Mass-Arrests at Dakota Access Pipeline, FB Censors Video”

  1. bluefeather says:
    The message in this is clear, unless we listen and act upon what indigenous peoples are telling us, the earth will be destroyed. As guardians and protectors of life on Earth, it all makes sense.

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