If Turtleboy wasn’t already a TD Bank customer, this might make us become one.
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Hampshire Gazette: Five protesters opposed to building the Dakota Access Pipeline chained themselves inside the two entrances to the TD Bank on Triangle Street Friday, blocking access for customers for several hours before four of them were arrested early in the afternoon.
“I’m here to stand with the water protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota, who are standing up for their land and their water that’s being put at risk by the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said Aly Johnson-Kurts, a Smith College senior who chained herself with University of Massachusetts student Giovana Castro and Amherst resident Marc Osten shortly before 8 a.m.
“Today we’re putting pressure on TD Bank because they are funding the companies that are building the pipeline,” Johnson-Kurts said. “They are loaning money to them that is allowing the pipeline to be built.”
A firefighter first talked to the protesters at the main entrance and asked them to unlock the doors and remove their chains. When they refused, a firefighter took out a 3-foot by 3-foot window to enter the lobby and then safely cut away the chains, the PVC pipe and the fabric fastener connecting Johnson-Kurts, Osten and Castro.
The whole thing was documented by the 413’s most infamous blogger, Larry Kelley. This video makes me want to bang my head against the wall:
“We are allies.”
Nah, you’re just dumb white people with too much time on your hands who are destroying private property, and tying up firefighters and police who could be protecting and serving the community.
“We’re peaceful, non-violent.”
Nah, you’re actually putting people in danger by blocking access to exits.
“Sorry to inconvenience you guys, seriously.”
If you were sorry then you’d get up and leave.
“We don’t want to inconvenience the employees. We made sure there’s a side door for them to leave.”
Because you own the bank, and that was your decision to make.
It’s funny because they think they’re making a difference. In Amherst. As if a bunch of CEO’s are meeting right now and deciding whether or not to change the way they do business because of a bunch of granola eating college students and perpetually unemployed hippies chained themselves to one of their smallest branches in the country.
Look, I don’t pretend to know the first thing about the Dakota Access Pipeline. I know a lot of people are talking about it, but I just can’t bring myself to give a shit. It’s a pipeline in North Dakota. I give about as much of a shit about a pipeline in North Dakota as North Dakotans care about ratchets in Brockton pulling a chew and screw. I have no opinion on the matter because I’ve never spent a single moment researching it and never will. I’m just that disinterested in whatever the hell they’re protesting.
All I know is, these idiots need to get the hell out of the way. That police officer in the video should be commended for trying to be nice to these criminals who were intentionally creating a dangerous situation, wasting taxpayer funded first responder resources, and denying civilians the right to do business with whatever bank they choose to do business with.
If you wanna hold signs outside of TD Bank then more power to ya. But these are the same kind of morons who block highways, using the same kind of tactics. They know if they hold a regular, peaceful protest then we’ll all just ignore them and go on with our day. This makes them upset because in their minds what they’re doing is wicked important and they just can’t fathom why we don’t care. So this is how they make us care – by being assholes. And the officer was absolutely right – this is a great way to make sure people aren’t supporting you. I’m already a TD Bank customer, but this protest would make me switch to them if I wasn’t.
Loved this quote from the 22 year old Smith College student who already has a hyphenated last name:
“I’ve been out flyering. We’ve been shutting down TD Banks all across the country and nothing has changed.”
It’s almost as if your method of protesting is proven to be ineffective. Perhaps you should reconsider your strategy? Nah, fuck that. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Things have been going great since November 8!!
P.S. How bout this guy acting like he’s freaking Ghandi:
Bro, you had a fun little time playing social justice warrior. You chained yourself to a door in a small town and got bailed out for $50. #Brave
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