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Photos: Austin Protesters March in Support of Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance

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Taylor Jones(L) adresses hundreds of protesters in front of the Capitol. The Austin Stands with Standing Rock rally began on the south steps of the Capitol before demonstrators marched to Wells Fargo and Chase banks in downtown.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown yesterday afternoon during rush hour to protest the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Protesters gathered support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has fought construction of the pipeline because of its proximity to both its tribal lands and its water supply.

The demonstration started at the Texas State Capitol, before heading south down Congress Avenue to a Wells Fargo bank at Second Street, then over to the Chase Bank on Sixth Street – two banks which have reportedly invested in the pipeline.

Austin's march was one of several planned around the country. 

The pipeline, which is being built by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, was recently halted by the Army Corps of Engineers, which said the route of the pipeline may require further study. 

According to the Texas Tribune, Energy Transfer Partners has vowed to take legal action, and the company's CEO said in a statement the decision was "motivated purely by politics at the expense of a company that has done nothing but play by the rules it was given."

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Hundreds of protesters came out in support of Standing Rock Protestors and against local banks' funding of the DAPL Pipeline.

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Police cordon off Congress Avenue as demonstrators march.
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Onlookers watch the march, which snaked downtown before heading west on 6th Street.
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Demonstrators marching down Congress Avenue.
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Dave Cortez of the Sierra Club rallies hundreds of protesters in front of Wells Fargo bank on Congress Avenue.
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Onlookers film the march on their smartphones.

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Protesters marched until around 8 p.m. before the demonstration dissipated.
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Demonstrators gathered at the south steps of the Capitol before heading downtown for the march.

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