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Soft lockdown ordered after protesters gather at North Dakota capitol

BISMARCK -- A soft lockdown was ordered Monday, Nov. 14, at the North Dakota Capitol after a group of protesters congregated on the building grounds.

BISMARCK - A soft lockdown was ordered Monday, Nov. 14, at the North Dakota Capitol after a group of protesters congregated on the building grounds.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said those with key card access could still enter the building and while those inside are allowed to leave if they choose.

Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline gathered on three sides of the Capitol late Monday morning.

“Based off of past experience, that seems to be their intent, is to unlawfully gather and interrupt government functions,” said Lt. Tom Iverson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol has posted troopers at each entrance to the building.

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There are about 50 protesters gathered in three different groups on the Capitol’s grounds. They do not have a permit to protest on the grounds, Iverson said.

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