The FANG Collective held an “Emergency #NoDAPL Demonstration” outside One Citizens Plaza to protest Citizens Bank’s opening of a line of credit with Sunoco Logistics/Energy Transfer Partners. Over 100 people participated in the action.
The FANG Collective notes that Sunoco Logistics/Energy Transfer Partners “are not only building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), but [are] also behind several other contentious oil and fracked-gas projects including the Bayou Bridge Pipeline proposed for Louisiana and the Mariner East Pipeline proposed for Pennsylvania.” The open line of credit Citizens Bank has opened helps fund these projects.
This action was called by the Sacred Stone Camp in response to the Army Corps of Engineers announcement that they will grant the final permit DAPL needs to drill under the Missouri River at Standing Rock. With President Donald Trump’s blessing, work on the pipeline could resume at any time.
Before the demonstration, Nick Katkevich of the FANG Collective and Julie Richards, aka Mama Jules, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and founder of the Mothers Against Meth Alliance (and her two daughters) attempted to enter One Citizens Plaza to speak with someone at the bank to open a dialog.
Instead, as can be seen in the video below, Katkevich and Richards were forcibly stopped at the door by Providence Police Officers, acting as bank security. Katkevich and Richards were told that someone from the bank would come down to talk to them. After waiting a few minutes, instead of a meeting, Katkevich and Richards were told to get off bank property and stay on the sidewalks.
So much for diplomacy.
Over the next hour well over 100 people arrived to protest, carrying signs and chanting. Passing cars honked their horns in support. People were encouraged to close their accounts at Citizens Bank until the bank closes its line of credit to the companies building the pipeline.
There was a short speakers program, then well over an hour of chanting and protest.
Citizens Bank should not expect these protests to end any time soon.