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UPDATE OCT 10th, 2:30PM – All Press Have Left the Tree Blockade
UPDATE OCT 10th, 2:00PM – Police Are Denying All Press Access to the Tree Blockade
Police working as hired thugs for TransCanada have effectively sealed off all press access to the tree blockade. After two more journalists were detained and handcuffed for standing on nearby private property the police moved the tape demarcating the Keystone XL easement line back 60 feet. TransCanada’s thugs have now claimed nearby private property as their own and are denying free press access to observe and report on the tree blockade.
UPDATE OCT 10th, 1:50PM – The Two Detained Journalists Have Been Released
After police arrested two freelance journalists, Lorenzo and Elizabeth, yesterday and made them spend the night in jail, they had the audacity to put two more journalists in handcuffs today. They detained the two journalists from a major media outlet that wishes to remain anonymous at this time, for several minutes before releasing them. While they had them in handcuffs TransCanada’s hired thugs made a phone call, presumably to higher ups, and then released them.
They were handcuffed by an officer who initially said he was not a “TransCanada police officer” but then proceeded to put journalists in handcuffs. The detaining officer refused to provide identification.
UPDATE OCT 10th, 1:45PM – Two Journalists Have Been Detained and Placed in Handcuffs
UPDATE OCT 10th, 1:30PM – TransCanada’s Hired Thugs Handcuff Another Journalist!
Another reporter has been handcuffed at the tree blockade while observing from nearby private property. Today TransCanada’s disregard for constitutional rights sinks to a whole new low. Local police acting as hired thugs for this multi-national corporation have handcuffed a reporter from a major media outlet.
Local police from surrounding counties are getting paid $30 an hour by TransCanada to operate a police state at the tree blockade with 24/7 surveillance, floodlights, and orders to arrest without question. Senior officers have told us that their “mandate from TransCanada is to arrest anyone who sets foot” on the Keystone XL pipeline easement. Apparently that also applies to anyone who even comes close enough to set eyes on the easement. Never mind that they are from the press and have a first amendment right to report on this repression.
UPDATE OCT 10th, 11:45AM – Both Elizabeth and Lorenzo Have Been Released – Charges Dropped!
Elizabeth and Lorenzo have been released and TransCanada has decided to drop the charges because they are press. I guess TransCanada’s high dollar PR team had enough sense to drop the charges after the uproar on social media in response to the arrests of two freelance journalists. Thanks to everyone who responded!
However, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department has yet to return the camera they confiscated from peaceful observers at an action last week.
UPDATE 7:45PM – Elizabeth and Lorenzo Have Both Been Arrested – Contribute to Their Bail
Support Elizabeth and Lorenzo for bringing you live stream coverage of the tree blockade. Make a generous donation to their bail.
UPDATE 7:30PM – Lorenzo Has Been Arrested
Lorenzo, a freelance journalist, has been arrested while attempting to cover the tree blockade story. ”I’m a journalist!” he proclaimed as the cuffs were being put on by camouflaged police that have laid siege to the tree blockade.
UPDATE 7:20PM - Lorenzo Attempting to Safely Descend
UPDATE 7:18PM - Elizabeth Has Been Arrested
UPDATE 7:13PM – Two Freelance Journalists Attempt to Descend From Timber Scaffolding
A week ago freelance journalists, Elizabeth Arce and Lorenzo Serna, climbed up the timber scaffolding at the tree blockade to help document the story. We just got word that they are attempting to safely come down.
Hearing about TransCanada’s active encouragement of torture tactics and operating heavy machinery dangerously close to peaceful blockaders they came to help bring this struggle to a broader audience. They often help document social movements and use the watchful eye of their cameras to help protect peaceful protestors from brutality.
Elizabeth and Lorenzo are pioneers of New Media platforms and expand what is possible in the world of live streaming and New Journalism. They hope to create a new interactive form of Journalism that brings together the journalist on the ground and the viewers collaborating in real time. Elizabeth’s live stream can be found here, and Lorenzo’s here.
They were able to live stream the first several days of the action before TransCanada and the police placed the tree blockade under siege. They completely sealed off the perimeter and made it nearly impossible for anyone to safely set foot on the ground. Afraid of facing trumped up felony charges Elizabeth and Lorenzo made a difficult decision to remain on the scaffolding and keep their cameras streaming to protect peaceful protestors from being met with further repression.
More at the linkUPDATE OCT 10th, 2:30PM – All Press Have Left the Tree Blockade
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