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Neil Young wants Obama to end 'violence' at pipeline protest

FILE - In this May 18, 2016, file photo, Neil Young poses for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif., to promote his new album,

FILE - In this May 18, 2016, file photo, Neil Young poses for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif., to promote his new album, "Earth." Young penned an open letter on Facebook posted on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in which he calls for President Barack Obama “to step in and end” what he calls the “violence” against protesters demonstrating against an oil pipeline being built on part of an Indian reservation in North Dakota. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Neil Young is calling on President Barack Obama "to step in and end" what he calls the "violence" against protesters demonstrating against an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota near an Indian reservation.

In an open letter on Facebook posted Monday, the 71-year-old rock star calls the protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation "an awakening." He says demonstrators are "standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression." He says law enforcement agencies and the National Guard are "seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers" with taxpayer money.

Young also chided President-elect Donald Trump, labeling him the "surprise president."

The letter is signed by Young and his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah.

Young included a video of him singing against the backdrop of the protest camp.

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This story has been corrected to show that the pipeline is being built near the reservation, not on it.