“Divergent” Actress Shailene Woodley Arrested
The actress was protesting the Dakota Pipeline
The Short of It:
Yesterday, actress Shailene Woodley was arrested during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota.
The Longer Version of It:
Monday, protesters took to a construction site about two miles south of the town of St Anthony to demonstrate against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline which will run 1,168 miles from North Dakota to Illinois, carrying hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil a day. Native Americans — particularly the North Dakota-based Standing Rock Sioux Tribe — have been protesting the project for weeks because the structure will near a Native American reservation. A huge threat to the reservation's main water supply and a great disturbance of historic and sacred sites.
Yesterday, Woodley live streamed from the site as she joined Native American tribes. The video had been watched over 3.2 million since it's post on Facebook. In it, Shailene is handcuffed with zip ties and led away by police while fellow protestors watch on.
Woodley spoke up as police began to handcuff her "I was just walking to my RV so we can go back to camp peacefully and they grabbed me by my jacket and they had giant guns and zip ties and they are not letting me go," she said.
An officer then explained that Woodley was being "placed under arrest for criminal trespassing."
"Why am I being arrested and no one else is? I'm being arrested because I was trespassing with everyone else. As soon as you guys asked me to leave I left, I was down there with everyone else. I don't know what is going on. It's because I am well known. It's because I have 40,000 people watching. We were going to our vehicle and they were waiting for me with big guns and a big truck."
The actress has not yet to post on social media channels since the arrest.