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These Two Texans Were Tasered, Choked and Pepper Sprayed for Protesting the Keystone XL

These Two Texans Were Tasered, Choked and Pepper Sprayed for Protesting the Keystone XL

Keystone XL Blockade /CC BY 2.0 Are these the faces of hardened, dangerous criminals? When you look at that image above, do you see the very portraiture of a menace to society? East Texas police officers evidently did. Reports are emerging from Keystone XL Blockade that both of the people pictured above were repeatedly tasered, pepper-sprayed, and placed in chokeholds over a 5-hour period for peacefully blocking the construction of the tar sands pipeline. And this was apparently done so at the encouragement of TransCanada, the Canadian oil company behind the project. If true, this is outrageous. The two Texas natives, Shannon Bebe and Benjamin Franklin, were nonviolently protesting the southern leg of the tar sands pipeline. That leg is currently under construction in their home state, and it threatens to despoil the local environment and kick any unfortunate Texans who li...

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