Credit: Julie GarnerNeil Young and his girlfriend, actress Darryl Hannah, have co-written a lengthy message calling on President Obama to help protect the protesters gathered near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota in opposition to the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline. The statement, which was posted Monday on Young’s Facebook page, calls on the President “to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately.”

The message was written after a number of protestors were injured recently by police, who fired rubber bullets and shot water cannons at them. The protestors claim that the oil pipeline threatens the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s water supply and also traverses culturally sacred sites.

Young and Hannah, who visited the site a few weeks ago, maintain that the protesters are unarmed and are standing “against corporate security forces, the county sheriff and the National Guard. Standing while being hit with water cannons, mace, tear gas, rubber bullets.” The couple claim that the protesters are enduring “human rights abuses in sub freezing temperatures.”

Young and Hannah’s message also includes a section in which they criticize president-elect Donald Trump. Referring to him as “the surprise president,” the statement notes that Trump did not win the popular vote and maintains that he “does not have a mandate for the change of ideals envisioned.”

In addition, the message suggests that Trump’s views on climate change are potentially dangerous to the environment, and draws attention to the supposed racist actions or comments made by some of his proposed cabinet appointees.

Near the end of the statement, Young and Hannah encourage people to participate in and support environmental activism, saying, “stand, speak up and show up. Be counted. Be like our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock.”

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