Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Neil Young wants Obama to end ‘violence’ at Dakota pipeline protest

In this May 18, 2016, file photo, Neil Young poses for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif.

Rich Fury/AP

Neil Young is calling on President Barack Obama "to step in and end" what he calls the "violence" against protesters demonstrating against an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota near an Indian reservation.

In an open letter on Facebook posted Monday, the 71-year-old rock star calls the protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation "an awakening." He says demonstrators are "standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression." He says law enforcement agencies and the National Guard are "seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers" with taxpayer money.

From the archives: David Suzuki calls on Neil Young, Feist, Margaret Atwood for fall tour

Story continues below advertisement

Read more: 'Fort McMurray is a wasteland': Neil Young slams oil patch, Keystone plans

Young also chided President-elect Donald Trump, labeling him the "surprise president."

The letter is signed by Young and his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah.

Young included a video of him singing against the backdrop of the protest camp.

Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.