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North Dakota protesters defy governor's order

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>> Not only do protestors trying to stop an oil pipeline in North Dakota have to battle a blizzard, they now are facing an eviction by order of the states Governor. Native American and environmental activist camped on Federal property near the controversial pipeline project, continuing their demonstration Tuesday despite an emergency evacuation handed down by the Governor.
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The evacuation, according to the order, is for the protestors own good given the harsh winter conditions that have hit the area. Reuters' photo journalist, Stephanie Keith, was at the protest site.>> I can't stress enough how bad the weather is here. These decrees happened at a time when there's literally no movement on the roads, and no commerce, no nothings going on because the weather is so bad.
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Most people are taking refuge inside of their tents, their tepees, and there's lots of big tents that are warm from wood stoves and propane heaters.>> The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is remaining defiant.>> There's 7,000 people down there, and they're hunkered in pretty good.
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They're staying there, they're not gonna leave. And so if force comes, it's not gonna be good for anybody.>> A blockade of supplies into the camp was being proposed, but authorities have backed off that threat. Demonstrators are already facing a December 5th deadline to evacuate by the US Army Corps of Engineers, but the Army Corps says it has no plans to forcibly remove the protesters and is hoping for a, quote, peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location.