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Dakota pipeline protest closes Winnipeg’s Portage and Main during rush hour

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DAPL protest closes Winnipeg’s Portage and Main during rush hour – Nov 15, 2016

Portage Avenue and Main Street was closed during rush hour Tuesday after dozens of people protesting the Dakota Access pipeline took to the streets.

Protesters took to the four corners of the Winnipeg intersection before flooding into the middle shortly after 5 p.m.

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Winnipeg police closed off the intersection and it remained closed until just after 6:30 p.m. Groups of protesters moved west down Portage Avenue, prompting closures in that direction as well.

The Dakota Access pipeline is set to stretch from North Dakota through to Illinois, passing through four states and 50 counties, transporting approximately 450,000 barrels of crude a day.

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A months-long protest has been waged against the pipeline, with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at the heart of the fight. The tribe says the pipeline will desecrate sacred land and potentially contaminate water supplies.

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With files from Global’s Nicole Bogart

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