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North Dakota State Capitol put on lockdown, 14 arrested after anti-DAPL protest

On Thursday afternoon, 14 people were arrested at the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck during an unexpected protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the demonstrators were participating in a sit-in inside the Judicial Wing, and were arrested for disorderly conduct, KFYR-TV reports. The Capitol was put under lockdown at around 4:15 p.m., due to the protest activity.

About 50 people, primarily clergy members showing their support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, left the protest site near the tribe's reservation to sing and pray at the Capitol on Thursday. The protesters also asked to speak with Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R), but were told he was unavailable, the highway patrol said.