The 24-year-old Snowden star Shailene Woodley was arrested on October 10 for participating in a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a crude oil pipeline that that will transport oil from North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. On Sunday, the injunction to halt the installation of the pipeline was denied by the district court of appeals and hundreds of people turned out on Monday to protest its construction, since DAPL could potentially contaminate the clean water supply for the Sioux Reservation.
On Monday, around 200 people gathered in North Dakota for a peaceful protest against the DAPL. Woodley was among them, livestreaming the protest to her nearly 1.3 million Facebook followers, tens of thousands of whom were tuned in.
When the cops arrived in armored trucks to disband the protestors, Woodley and the others calmly started to vacate the premises, stopping here and there to give an interview on the way to Woodley's RV. That is, right up until the police grabbed Woodley by the jacket and forbade her from leaving. As Woodley's mother, Lori, held the camera, Shailene told the thousands of viewers:
"They grabbed me by my jacket and said that I wasn't allowed to continue... and they have giant guns and batons and zip ties and they are not letting me go."
Several moments later, they placed the actress under arrest for criminal trespassing. Now, after being released, Woodley has taken to social media to once again reaffirm her support for the #NoDAPL protest with the following Instagram post:
Another well-known figure has already come to the actress's defense on Twitter. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted about Shailene's ordeal:
In the biopic Snowden, Woodley plays Lindsay Mills, Edward Snowden's girlfriend.
Snowden, which also stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, is now in theaters. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the trailer below: