Saturday 23 September 2017

Arrest of Hollywood actress at protest livestreamed on Facebook

Shailene Woodley was arrested at the protest (AP)
Shailene Woodley was arrested at the protest (AP)

US actress Shailene Woodley's arrest at a protest in North Dakota has been livestreamed to fans on Facebook.

The Divergent star was livestreaming her protest on Monday of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline for a total of more than two-and-a-half hours before her arrest by local authorities.

Towards the end of a two-hour video, Woodley is told by a law enforcement officer that she is being arrested for criminal trespassing. The video showing what appeared to be a peaceful protest has been viewed more than 3 million times.

Morton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Rob Keller says Woodley was one of 27 protesters arrested on Monday. She was also charged with engaging in a riot.

Woodley has been an outspoken opponent of the 3.8 billion US dollar project.

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