Tell Gov. Burgum to Protect the Right to Protest

Tell Him to Stop Bills That Criminalize Dakota Access Pipeline Demonstrators

Two anti-protester bills just passed North Dakota’s senate. They could become law this week if Governor Doug Burgum lets them pass his desk.

House Bill 1426 doubles criminal penalties and targets water protectors under so-called riot charges. “Instigating” a riot could face protesters with up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. “Engaging” in a riot could mean a year in prison and a $3,000 fine – compare this to current law which maxes at 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

House Bill 1304 makes it a crime to wear a mask. If passed, police and courts could put protesters in prison and fine them $3,000 for wearing kerchiefs to protect themselves from teargas.

Call Governor Burgum and urge him to veto HB1426 and HB1304 and protect the right to protest in North Dakota.

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