Two brave activists named Benjamin Franklin and Shannon Bebe chained themselves to heavy machinery to delay construction on the toxic Keystone XL pipeline. Police were initially respectful towards them, but when a TransCanada supervisor named “John” arrived on the scene and asked to privately huddle with the cops, things got ugly.
According to Benjamin and Shannon, police immediately put them in stress positions and used chokeholds, violent arm-twisting, pepper spray and even repeated tasering until they relented.
Afterwards TransCanada staff congratulated the police on “a job well done.”
Ordering the use of torture on peaceful demonstrators is outrageous, and Firedoglake, 350.org, the Tar Sands Blockade, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and Rising Tide North America are coming together to tell TransCanada’s CEO to denounce the dangerous treatment of these peaceful protesters.
After you sign you’ll have the opportunity to call CEO Russell Girling and TransCanada corporate offices to demand immediate action.
Luckily, Benjamin and Shannon are not the only blockaders. The “Tree-Sitters” are still directly in the path of construction, waging their protest from 80 feet in the air. They are undeterred by TransCanada’s bullying and bolstered by the overwhelming support of activists like you who donated to help us send them supplies.
Amazingly, TransCanada’s actions are only serving to harden the determination of these protesters. After word broke about Benjamin and Shannon’s story, the 8 original “Tree-Sitters” were joined by one more.
The roaring of construction crews is now roughly 300 yards from the blockade and advancing. This is an intense time and the Blockaders need our help to push back and escalate.
Can you join FDL, 350.org, the Tar Sands Blockade and others in demanding TransCanada denounce the abuse of peaceful protesters?
We will keep you updated on how you can stand up for these protesters and fight the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.