WWII memorial vandalized with anti-pipeline graffiti

WWII memorial vandalized with anti-pipeline graffiti
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The North Dakota pillar at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall was apparently vandalized with an anti-pipeline message.

Photosposted on Facebook and Twitter late Monday shows the North Dakota monument with graffiti that appears to say “#NoDAPL,” a hashtag used by foes of the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

The website for North Dakota’s West Fargo Pioneer ran the photo on Tuesday morning.

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The National Parks Service told The Hill the monument was spray painted before 10 a.m. on Monday. Preservation officials applied a paint stripper to remove the graffiti, and "will continue until the marking is no longer detectable."

Dakota Access is a highly controversial project, with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe suing to block it and warning it threatens sacred sites and drinking water supplies. 

The project has generated protests in North Dakota and around the country. A group of protesters has set up a camp near the pipeline’s route in North Dakota and has clashed with law enforcement there, alleging heavy-handed policing methods.

In Washington, anti-pipeline activists have held rallies against the project outside the White House, the federal courthouse and during a national tribal summit in September.

Construction on a key segment of the 1,170-mile pipeline in North Dakota has been paused while the Obama administration reassesses its approval of the project. Obama and Democrats have said they hope to eventually reroute the pipeline around the site in question.

—This post was updated at 2:02 p.m.