Omega Morgan Megaloads at Nez Perce Border, August 5-6, 2013


The Nez Perce Tribe asserts its sovereignty, stopping a gigantic, oversize General Electric load en route to Canadian tar sands operations at its reservation border for about two hours.  Neither the tribe nor the U.S. Forest Service have approved these Omega Morgan-hauled loads to travel through Nez Perce land, the Clearwater/Lochsa Wild and Scenic River Corridor, or the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, across most of U.S. Highway 12 in Idaho.  Idaho State Police escorts eventually impose their force to let the megaload pass.

(All videos provided by Zachary Johnson)

First part, the initial half-hour of the August 5-6 Nez Perce and allies’ megaload blockade

Second part, from 30 to 50 minutes into the August 5-6 Nez Perce and allies’ megaload blockade

Third part, from around an hour to 70 minutes into the August 5-6 Nez Perce and allies’ megaload blockade

Fourth part, when the Idaho State Police and Nez Perce Sheriff demand that non-tribal protesters leave the roadway or face arrest at the August 5-6 Nez Perce and allies’ megaload blockade

Fifth part, as an Idaho State Police trooper escorts the videographer off the roadway and KRFP Radio Free Moscow interviews him, at the August 5-6 Nez Perce and allies’ megaload blockade

Sixth part, an Idaho State Police explanation of non-tribal protester exclusion from the roadway at the August 5-6 Nez Perce and allies’ megaload blockade

Seventh part, with a perspective of the huge size of the transport stopped about an hour and a half into the August 5-6 Nez Perce and allies’ megaload blockade

Eighth/final part, as Idaho State Police and Nez Perce County Sheriff officers wedge remaining tribal members into the turn lane, a squad car pushes them aside, and the module breaks through the August 5-6 Nez Perce and allies’ megaload blockade, before parking only a few miles down the highway

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