Angry leftists stormed the Montana capitol on Tuesday demanding that Schweitzer end his support for the Alberta oil pipeline that will carry crude oil from the Alberta tar sands through Montana.
They were arrested.
The Billings Gazette reported:
About 70 protesters thundered into the state Capitol on Tuesday, banging on plastic pails and chanting slogans in opposition to the planned Keystone XL pipeline — slated to carry crude oil from the Alberta tar sands through Montana — and the “megaloads” of oil drilling equipment destined for Alberta.
The group pushed its way into the outer offices of Gov. Brian Schweitzer and had a brief, loud discussion with him in the governor’s reception room.
Most of the protesters left the meeting and continued the demonstration outside Schweitzer’s offices in the hallway leading from the rotunda. Five of the protesters, linked together with makeshift devices of PVC pipe wrapped in chicken wire and other materials, refused to leave and were arrested after several warnings from law enforcement officers.
Arrested and cited for obstruction of justice (because of the pipe mechanism that police said hindered enforcement) and trespassing were Dolan; Johannes Pedersen, 22, of Eugene, Ore.; Erica Gwen Dossa, 24, of Missoula; Shelby Elizabeth Cunliffe, 25, of Missoula; and Sarah Ellen Stock, 25, of Missoula.
…Adrian Guerrero of San Francisco, who said he was with Rising Tide as well as the activist group Earth First, stood on a chair and earned several rounds of loud cheers denouncing the project as an attack on the environment, on indigenous peoples and on the working class.
“We came here to this country with the idea that America be the land of freedom and prosperity and all that b—s—, but what really happened is that people like my family get shoved to the bottom of the f— barrel and that people in those offices, and their corporate lobby, can continue to destroy the environment and throw us off our land, where my father came from, peasant along the side of the f— river in the Amazon, so that we could come here and be the slave class, and then ruin the Earth up here, too,” he said, to a loud round of cheering and drumming.