The Latest: Veterans Stage Symbolic Protest Near Camp

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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment patrol a road at sunset during a cordon and search operation in Sheik Hamid, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2006, to gain information on terrorists cells operating in the area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin) (Released)

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment patrol a road at sunset during a cordon and search operation in Sheik Hamid, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2006, to gain information on terrorists cells operating in the area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin) (Released)

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Military veterans who have arrived at an encampment to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline walked into an area that has been blocked off by police and asked the officers standing guard there to lay down their arms.

A group of 15 to 20 veterans, some wearing camouflage jackets, staged the symbolic protest on Thursday evening to show their solidarity with opponents of the pipeline slated to carry oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.

Using a megaphone, police told the veterans to move away because they were trespassing. The veteran shouted back that they had served their country and had a right to be there.

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