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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Block Highway

(AP) - Protesters who were ousted from a camp they established on private land in North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline are using burned vehicles to block a state highway.

One roadblock is comprised of a burned car and sheets of plywood, and another is made up of two burned military vehicles on a bridge.

Numerous military vehicles and work trucks are parked in the area.

The move comes a day after authorities arrested 141 people while protesters were being evicted from private property in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

The larger, main encampment of protesters remains untouched on federally owned land not far away. Protesters fear the pipeline could affect water supply and disturb tribal cultural sites.

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe on Friday condemned the removal of protesters and vowed to continue the fight against construction of the pipeline.

Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault issued a statement calling the operation "acts of violence against innocent, prayerful people."

Archambault said the fight against the pipeline will continue. The tribe fears it will harm their drinking water and violate sacred sites.

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