On Monday, Neil Young took to Facebook to release a statement about the current protests at Standing Rock.
In the post, the Canadian singer offered his support to the multiple protesters in North Dakota who were sprayed with tear gas, rubber bullets, and water by police attempting to disperse the crowd.
“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,” Young wrote. “This growing movement stems from love, it is the most human instinct to protect that which we love. An eager and engaged youth are at the core of this pipeline route resistance, learning from a population of elders who pass down unforgotten knowledge.”
He also makes a plea to President Obama to put an end to the force used against protesters.
“We are calling upon you, President Barack Obama, to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately,” he wrote.
Young recently announced that his new album, Peace Trail, features a song called “Indian Givers,” which protests the construction of the pipeline. Peace Trail is set to release on Dec. 2.
Read Young’s full statement below.