Protesters in Norfolk support opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Demonstrators in downtown Norfolk protested the Dakota Access Pipeline Thursday.

Since August, protesters have gathered near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation as crews work to build the pipeline.

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The Sioux fear the pipeline would contaminate their water. Two different tribal chairmen say the federal government has failed to protect them.

Standing in solidarity with the Sioux, more than 20 people gathered near City Hall Avenue and St. Paul’s Boulevard in Norfolk Thursday.

Mothers Out Front — a local group advocating for renewable energy — sponsored the demonstration.

“We have people who are thinking them that want to send them love and encouragement and we are standing with them,” said Kim Williams with Mothers Out Front. “It’s all one water ultimately.”