UPDATE: 3:05PM – TransCanada Supervisors Seen Directing Police
TransCanada supervisors are familiar with directing local police to take on peaceful protesters. Yesterday TransCanada actively encouraged the use of torture tactics to be brutally applied to non-violent protesters. They stood by and watched police use sustained chokeholds, violent arm-twisting, pepper spray, and repeated tasering. This corporation clearly has no regard for our homes, our families, and the safety of our communies.
UPDATE: 2:45PM – Tree Cutting Machinery 20 Feet Away!
UPDATE: 2:30PM – TransCanada’s Tree Cutting Machine 500 Feet Away From Timber Scaffolding
With the news that their friends had been tortured with TransCanada’s approval, the eight original tree sitters were bravely joined by another, expanding the tree blockade further as TransCanada’s clear-cutting heavy machinery rapidly approaches. All refuse to come down until TransCanada halts its dangerous pipeline project. Help defend our homes and join an upcoming action – we need you now!
UPDATE: 2:15PM – Tree Sitters Watching Trees Falling In Front of Them
Nine people sitting in a tree village in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline are watching as TransCanada’s heavy machinery slices through trees just 200 yards from their timber scaffolding defenses. Our brave blockaders are holding defiantly strong against this dirty, dangerous pipeline despite the torture tactics encouraged yesterday by TransCanada.
UPDATE: 2:00PM – Heavy Machinery Still Cutting – Surveyors Have Arrived
UPDATE: 1:30PM – Heavy Machinery Quickly Cutting Its Way Toward Tree Village with Three Police
Support our nine brave folks in the trees with basic supplies like food and water so they can continue their sustained blockade as long as it takes to stop the dirty, dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.
UPDATE: 12:00PM – Three TransCanada Workers Arrive and Photograph Timber Scaffolding
I don’t know how their photos turned out but we’re willing to wager that ours are much more stunning.
UPDATE: 11:00AM – TransCanada Helicopter Circles Low Over Tree Village
In a further attempt to intimidate peaceful protesters TransCanada is circling their corporate helicopter low over the tree tops where nine blockaders are holding strong.
WINNSBORO, TEXAS – Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – Nine people sitting 80 feet above ground in tree platforms on the path of TransCanada’s Keystone XL construction enter their third day of sustained action to stop the toxic tar sands pipeline. The sitters are undeterred by TransCanada’s role in the torture of their fellow blockaders.
Tuesday, Shannon Bebe and Benjamin Franklin delayed construction for most of the day when they locked arms around construction machinery, intent on protecting East Texas homes. The two were subjected to torture tactics by police only after TransCanada’s senior supervisors huddled with law enforcement to actively encourage the use of extreme pain compliance techniques on the peaceful protesters.
“TransCanada has frequently claimed its interest in protecting the safety of workers and protesters but now we can see that’s all a lie,” said Ron Seifert a spokesperson with Tar Sands Blockade. “Now that they have actively encouraged the torture of peaceful protestors its clear that this multinational corporation assigns no value to the basic humanity that all Texans and people everywhere deserve.”
With the news that their friends had been tortured with TransCanada’s approval, the eight original tree sitters were bravely joined by another, expanding the tree blockade further as TransCanada’s clear-cutting heavy machinery rapidly approaches. Construction is roughly 300 yards away from the tree blockade. All refuse to come down until TransCanada halts its dangerous pipeline project.
“I climbed this tree three days ago in the path of Keystone XL to demonstrate the dangers of this toxic pipeline and to let TransCanada know that we will continue to non-violently resist their brutal tactics,” said Justin Jacobs, an aerial blockader. “I’m here to defend this land from a multinational corporation who has blatant disregard for the safety of peaceful people, families, and our planet.“