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Shailene Woodley speaks up on her arrest

She was arrested for criminal trespassing earlier this week during a peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 13 Oct 2016

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Divergent actress Shailene Woodley was taken into custody at Morton County Jail for trespassing on Monday. She had been peacefully protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The pipeline will transport crude oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois underground. It raised concerns that it would contaminate the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's (a Native American tribe) main water source and ruin the sacred sites.

When Shailene was arrested, she had been live streaming the whole incident and she discovered that she was the only protestor being taken into custody. A police officer claimed that she was the only one identified as having trespassed.

"I'm being arrested. I was down there with everybody else," said Shailene in the last few minutes of her live stream in the last minutes. "It's because I'm well known. It's because I have 40,000 people watching. So everybody knows, we were going to our vehicle, which they had surrounded and waiting for me with giant guns in the giant truck behind them just so they could arrest me."

Shailene was released on Monday night and charged with criminal trespass and engaging in a riot, according to CNN. Her first court hearing will be on 24 October.

In an Instagram post uploaded on Tuesday, she wrote: "One day, baby, we'll sing our poetry. The words dripping from our tongues wet with ripened patience. And the lyrics, the sweet fruits born from the seeds our [ageing] hands are now sowing."

Watch more videos of the protest on Shailene's Facebook page. 


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