Four DAPL protesters arrested in Amherst after chaining themselves to entrance of TD Bank
They are due in court for their hearing today
Friday, December 16, a group of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters took their message to the TD Bank in Amherst. The protesters wanted to bring light to the bank’s investment in the pipeline and urge the company to divest from the project. Right now, the company is responsible for $365 million investment in the pipeline.
Throughout the duration of the effort, five protesters chained themselves to the two entrances to the building – preventing customers from entering for several hours, until four of them were arrested.
The police had arrived on the scene 20 minutes after the entrances were blocked and were given a 30 minute warning to disperse before arrests were going to be made, though only one of the chained protesters removed himself from the blockade. It wasn’t until 1 p.m. that the fire department and police officers moved on the remaining four.
The four arrested protesters are Alyssa Johnson-Kurts, 22, Marc S. Osten, 54, Harrison J. Greene, 30, and Paxton Paul Reed, 19. They are due in court for their arraignment hearing today.
Bank protests like this one are not the first in this area – the same Amherst bank experienced protests December 5th – and are being seen across the country as well. There is still high concern for the pipeline being built as the Energy Transfer Partners have stated that they are not concerned with paying fines for drilling without a permit and the completion of the pipeline has only been temporarily halted.