Arrested activist: "My act of defiance is an act against the machine, meant to slow and halt its destruction."Common Dreams 8/25/14 by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
The protesters, in a photo provided by MICATS.
Twenty-year-old Duncan Tarr and 22-year-old Dylan Ochala-Gorka, both Michigan residents and organizers with the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MICATS), used bike locks to secure themselves to the truck around 7:30 am. They were extracted by law enforcement officials using bolt cutters and rescue tools around 9 am. Both have been taken into custody at the Oakland County Jail.
A group of about 30 supporters holding signs were also at the scene, according to organizers. A convoy of protesters is now heading to the jail where Tarr and Ochala-Gorka are being held, with the intent of holding a vigil.
"My act of defiance is an act against the machine, meant to slow and halt its destruction," Tarr said in a statement. "Enbridge, and the pipelines they control, are a central part in the destruction of life...Their spills, leaks, and presence in my area has caused the deaths of many humans and countless other creatures, trees, and plants. Let my act of defiance be a call to others, because this land that we are standing on now is being killed. And we know exactly who the killers are."
"It’s those who profit from the exploitation of environment and people who need the healing and love the most," Ochala-Gorka said in a statement. "If putting my body between big oil and profits is necessary, I will continue to stand up between them and their meaningless money."
Despite frequent protests, international corporations continue to seek and build outlets for tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada. In the face of this "exploitative energy system," volunteer organizer Jarret Schlaff, who was on the scene of this morning's action, told Common Dreams that MICATS is "calling for restoration, resilience, resistance, and re-imagining."
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