Shailene Woodley was arrested yesterday (October 10) during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Divergent actress, who had been attending the demonstration at North Dakota’s Standing Rock Reservation, filmed the entire incident and broadcast it to her followers on Facebook Live.
For those who don’t already know, the pipeline has been widely criticised its potential effects on Native American tribes in the state. If constructed, it would cost $3.8 billion dollars, span 1,170 miles, and carry around 470,000 barrels of oil every day. This could contaminate the Missouri river, putting North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux tribes at risk and limiting their clean water access. Because of this, the project has sparked much controversy throughout the US; with Woodley, Bernie Sanders, Rosario Dawson and Riley Keogh all signing on to protest against its development.
Woodley, who attended yesterday’s protest with her mum, was streaming the demonstration on her Facebook account. Towards the last ten minutes of the footage, she is seen being approached by police.
“Record this. Don't stop,” Woodley says in the two-hour clip. “I was heading back to my R.V... so that we could return to camp peacefully. They (the police) grabbed me by my jacket and said that I wasn't allowed to continue. They have giant guns and batons and zip ties and they're not letting me go.”
The stream then shows Woodley being placed under arrest for “criminal trespassing”.
“Why am I being arrested and no one else is who is down there, is my question,” she asks. “Is it because I’m famous? Is it because people know me?”
According to Woodley’s representatives, the actress has since been released from North Dakota’s Morton County Jail. “She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” her publicist told E!.