North Dakota pipeline protesters ordered to evacuate their camp by Monday

Officials said they would not forcibly remove anyone

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

NORTH DAKOTA (WWLP) – Thousands of protesters are vowing to make what may be their final stand at Standing Rock in North Dakota.

After four months of protests and marches, the North Dakota Governor and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have ordered the protesters to evacuate the protest camp by Monday. Officials said they would not forcibly remove anyone, but will cite people for trespassing or other offenses.

They are asking protesters to make a “peaceful and orderly transition” out of the camps and to a “free speech zone” nearby.

Sheriff Paul Laney of the Cass Country Sheriff’s office noted, “A whole lot of people are coming here expecting to see some kind of a confrontation on December 5th, and they’re going to be pretty bored because it’s not happening.”

Activists are protesting the construction of the Dakota pipeline that is supposed to be built across tribal lands, and will affect their water sources.

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