OFFICIAL PAUSE STATEMENT ON THE ARRESTS MADE AT THURSDAY'S PROTEST AGAINST THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE:

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So contrary to the comments made by individuals who know not of what they speak, The event did not happen as reported by the TU Staff writer. There were a good 25 enthusiastic supporters of the TD Bank protest, but only the those trained in Non Violent Civil Disobedience went inside the bank. Those who did not wish to be arrested left as requested by the police officers when they arrived. The incident with the officer allegedly being hurt was due to a slippery floor and handcuffs not being attached correctly. No one resisted arrest, no one was assaulted. I was there so I know what actually happened. It is unfortunate that this was reported in this fashion, but that is unfortuately because no one reads news unless there is drama. Protests are a fundamental right of the citizens of a democratic government. Without protests, the government ceases to be a democracy. Remember this a government OF the people, FOR the people and BY the people. We are very fortunate to have an excellent Acting Police Chief who understands the importance of our First Amendments rights. This was an act of deliberate civil disobebience. The two who gave of themselves to be arrested and spend a night in jail are caring, socially responsible individuals who are willing to stick their necks out to force Corporate America and our Government to do what is right. Thank you Craig and Betty. Job well done! These pipelines are a cancer to this planet and must be stopped. Water is Sacred.

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PAUSE is a grassroots group of individuals who have come together to promote safe, sustainable energy and fight for environmental justice. We engage the greater public to stop the fossil fuel industry’s assault on the people of Albany and our environment.