"Snowden" actress Shailene Woodley was arrested along with 27 other people on charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot during a protest in Sioux County, North Dakota on Monday. She and around 150 others were members of a peaceful protest opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Native American land and burial grounds. The protest was in response to a court's rejection of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's formal request to not to build the $3.8 billion pipeline through their sacred land out of respect for the tribe and to protect the land and water supply.
Although she obeyed police orders and headed back toward her RV, she was pulled aside and arrested, which she attributes to her fame. In her video, the "Divergent" actress can be heard asking, "I have one question: why am I being arrested and no one else is who is down there... is it because I’m famous? Is it because people know me?" The officers assured her that this was not the case, however only a reported 27 of the protesters have been arrested at this point.
Here is the last live video from Woodley's Facebook page captioned, "The riot police are arriving," in which she says, "I don't know if you guys just heard me, but I was walking back to my RV, which is right there, so that we can go back to camp peacefully, and [the police] grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue. And they had giant guns and batons and zip ties, and they're not letting me go."
Upon the announcement of Woodley's arrest, several of her friends and fellow celebrities including Ansel Elgort, Mark Ruffalo and Edward Snowden have announced their support for her and the cause via Twitter.
Although she has since been released from prison and she is scheduled to appear in court in Mandan, ND, on Monday October 24, where she faces a possible 60 days in jail and $3,000 in fines, Woodley made one thing clear in a poetic Instagram post on Tuesday: she is not abandoning the fight.
Woodley considers her cause worth the punishment and continues to support the Standing Rock people. She and the other protesters deserve the praise and support that they continue to receive because their cause — protecting the environment and sacred lands — is so much more important than another pipeline.
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