One killed in Oregon occupation after more than three weeks of stalemate
One of the anti-government protesters at the wildlife preserve near Burns, Ore., was killed Tuesday night by officers, according to the Associated Press. Eight others, including leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested during a traffic stop.
The Oregonian reported that Robert “LaVoy Finicum, an Arizona rancher, was the man killed.
As of Wednesday, the preserve was surrounded by law enforcement.
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On Jan. 21, the armed group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, spoke with an FBI negotiator, according to the Associated Press. Bundy said the protesters didn’t plan any escalations in violence and if anyone were going to push the situation past its current stalemate, it would likely be the authorities.
The FBI spoke with Bundy after being criticized by Oregon’s governor for not doing more about the occupation on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, according to the Associated Press. The occupation has cost nearly half a million dollars since Jan. 2, Gov. Kate Brown said.
The AP reported that Bundy didn’t address the costs the occupation was racking up, but instead spoke out for his cause. He said the occupiers wouldn’t leave the refuge until federal lands, like the refuge, are relinquished from governmental control. Bundy also rallied for the release of the Hammond ranchers, who reported to prison earlier this month after being convicted of setting fires on federal grazing lands.
On Jan. 11, The Fence Post reported on the Hammond’s situation. The full story can be found at thefencepost.com. ❖