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UPDATE: Police Pepper Spray Protestors and Begin to Remove Vans That Had Blocked Trump Supporters' Access to Mt. Rushmore

Added 07-03-20 08:34:02pm EST - “BREAKING: Protestors block access to Mt. Rushmore by parking vans across road and then removing the wheels” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Protestors Block Access to Mt. Rushmore with Disabled Vans”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Native American protestors staged a protest on the road to Mt. Rushmore on Friday evening, blocking the access of Trump supporters to the site just hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to give an address there. The protestors, waving native flags and holding signs saying “sacred land,” parked a series of vans across the highway and then removing the wheels, disabling the vehicles and making them difficult to move.

As documented by Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter Erin Bormett, the roughly 100–200 protestors formed a cordon on both sides of the vans and stood their ground, even as dozens of police and National Guard troops approached the barricades, creating a tense standoff.

As the stand-off dragged on, some visibly frustrated Trump supporters got out of their gridlocked vehicles and walked up the protest, to verbally engage with the demonstrators. One man with an American flag bandanna sparred with a protestor, saying “You’re full of shit!”

After numerous orders to disperse, the protestors still refused to leave or return their vans to drivable condition. By 7:45 p.m. EST, one sheriff’s deputy could be seen approaching the assembled press and warning them to retreat, implying law enforcement was about to deploy tear gas or pepper spray on the protestors.

Update, 8:23 p.m. EDT: The protestors have retreated to the sides of the road after some police deployed some pepper spray on protestors, per Argus Leader reporter Arielle Zionts. And police have now moved in and begun to tow some of the disabled vans that had been blocking the road.

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