Protest against North Dakota pipeline held in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Peaceful demonstrations against an oil pipeline in North Dakota caused major traffic trouble in Fort Lauderdale, Friday night.

More than 100 people chanted “water is life” as they blocked city streets. The crowd marched along Broward Boulevard and Andrews Avenue to Northwest 4th Avenue.

Among the participants were members of the Seminole tribe out to support the Native American protesters trying to block further construction of the controversial pipeline.

“In Standing Rock, in North Dakota, they’re fighting for clean water on their treaty land,” said protester Lena Young. “They’re trying to build a pipeline, called the Dakota Access pipeline, that will run one mile away from the Stand Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation, and it will poison their water.”

For weeks, hundreds of people have been standing their ground in North Dakota and clashing with police. There appears to be no end in sight for the demonstrations there.

The Obama administration said it wants to conduct more environmental studies and get more tribal input.

President-elect Donald Trump has said he supports the pipeline.

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