ACLU Argues That Anti-Pipeline Rioters Had a Right to Block Public Roads

A protester pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Highway 1806 on Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline were attempting to keep law enforcement officers from pushing them off the road and out of their camp. Forum file photo

MINOT, N.D. — One consistent tactic of the political extremists who use violent protests to disrupt pipeline construction is the blocking of roads.

It’s a tactic built on fear and intimidation. We are to give the protesters what they want, or they will hurt us by disrupting our communities, vandalizing our property, etc.

Now, in a ludicrous amicus brief filed in a lawsuit filed by activists who fought the Dakota Access Pipeline, the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that rural roads are a “traditional public forum” for political activities.

You’re reading that right.

They believe the middle of a public road, where cars and trucks drive, is a valid place for protesters to gather and, well, protest.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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