People in Roanoke protest Dakota Access Pipeline

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Dozens of peaceful protestors stood at the corner of Williamson Road and Elm Avenue. To exercise their right to protest and also to show solidarity for Standing Rock.

With chants and signs kids and adults stood on the sidewalk as the cars drove by.

the peaceful protest was organized as part of the Day of Action.

The demonstrators say they stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is one that would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois and carry crude oil.

The tribe is protesting it because they say it will damage and destroy the historic land.

Organizers of the demonstration say it’s also about exercising your right as an American to speak up.

“Really want to stand for anyone who is involved in a peaceful protest. There are hundreds of these going on across the nation and for anyone who wants to peacefully protest in the future it’s a really important part of who we are as a country,” said  Sean O’Donell, Solidarity with Standing Rock.

Many of the cars honked their horns in support. 

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