Neil Young recently celebrated his 71st birthday by traveling to Standing Rock to perform for the individuals gathered at the site protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The musician and activist has been vocal about the current protests and expressed his concerns in a statement posted to Facebook on Monday (Nov. 28), in which he reflected on his visit to Standing Rock and asked Obama to rectify the current situation before it gets any worse.
"Standing together in prayer to protect water displays a deeply rooted awareness of life's interconnected nature, and of the intrinsic value and import of traditional ways," he wrote. "This growing movement stems from love, it is the most human instinct to protect that which we love."
Despite the hundreds of people standing in solidarity and peacefully protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Young wrote that protesters are met with "violent aggression" from law enforcement. "Standing while being hit with water cannons, mace, tear gas, rubber bullets. Standing without weapons and praying, the water protectors endure human rights abuses in sub freezing temperatures," Young writes. "Thus, it is the ugliness of corporate America, seen around the world."