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More than 100 arrested at Dakota Access Pipeline site

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Demonstrators ramp up their protests against a pipeline project.

A North Dakota sheriff says hundreds of people blocked a highway on Sunday.

The sheriff also says they fired at a drone the protesters flew dangerously close to a law enforcement helicopter.

Rallies against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been going on for months.

Protesters say the project will damage the environment and affect Native American lands.

127 protesters were arrested over the weekend.

Many of them were accused of trespassing on private property along the pipeline right of way.

Demonstrations quickly got out of hand.

"We were outnumbered," said Captain Bryan Niewind of the Morton County Sheriff's Department. "To protect ourselves, we utilized less lethal munitions to protect ourselves, and as we did that they continued to advance on us but we were able to control that with the law enforcement we had there and we began making arrests."

The pipeline would stretch from North Dakota, southeast into South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

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