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Woman Tweets Desire To Run Over DAPL Protesters

| by Kathryn Schroeder

An editor at The Daily Caller tweeted about running over Native Nations Rise protesters in Washington, D.C. and defended it when other Twitter users attacked her. 

"I wonder how many [Native Nations Rise] protesters I could run over before I got arrested," Katie Frates tweeted on March 10 with the hashtags #NoDAPL and #getouttamyway.

Andrew Kirell, senior editor of The Daily Beast, shared the tweet before Frates deleted it.

"Hmm. Pretty crazy thing to write, even for a Daily Caller staffer," Kirell wrote with an embedded photo of Frates tweet.

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"Curious why you deleted it ... because your replies seem to indicate no remorse or reconsideration," he wrote in a separate response.

One user tweeted to Frates: "Well if you were in North Dakota you wouldn't get arrested because they recently made that legal. Also, f**k you!"

Frates responded to him with "xo," and in a separate tweet wrote, "I get equally annoyed at anyone who causes unnecessary traffic."

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"I mean if Natives are taking up too much space for you, you could always leave their fu***ng country," another Twitter user wrote in response.

Thousands attended the Native Nations Rise protest in Washington D.C. on March 10 to protest against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and raise awareness of indigenous rights, according to Al Jazeera.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with advocacy groups, led the march.

In court the tribe has argued that the pipeline crosses sacred land, would contaminate water supply and that the government approved it without adequate consultation.

"Water is life!" Jobeth Brownotter, a Standing Rock member who traveled from South Dakota 32 hours by bus to attend the protest, chanted.

"We came here to stand up for our people, for water, for our rights, for future generations," she told Al Jazeera.

Betsy Richards of the Cherokee Nation marched with a pipeline-shaped puppet that read, "No consent, no pipeline."

"When things are happening on native lands, we need to not just be informed of what the government is doing to us, but to have consent as native nations," she said.

The march took place after a federal judge ruled against a request by Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to stop construction of the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline that will cross under Lake Oahe near the reservoir of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The expected completion date for the pipeline is April 1.

Demonstrators marched to the White House, stopping along the way to erect a tepee outside the Trump International Hotel.

Sources: Andrew Kirell/TwitterByron Graves/Twitter (2), Magdalena Ha'li/TwitterAlJazeera / Photo credit: Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera

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