The leader of the protest against federal land abuse in Oregon, Ammon Bundy, has asked his followers to leave the occupied building before more violence erupts
Via USA Today
Bundy’s lawyer, Mike Arnold, read a statement by Bundy, arrested Tuesday, on the steps of a courthouse in Portland.
“Right now, I am asking the federal government to allow the people at the refuge to go home without being prosecuted,” the statement read. “To those remaining at the refuge, I love you. Let us take this fight from here. Please stand down. Go home and hug your families. This fight is ours for now in the courts. Please go home.”
The statement also paid tribute to Lavoy Finnicum, the protester who died on Tuesday, as federal and state authorities arrested Bundy and seven more at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Bundy and the protesters had holed up there since Jan. 2. Authorities said the arrests came after futile efforts to end the standoff peacefully for 25 days.
Protesters in Oregon are refusing to leave an occupied government building, even after eight were arrested and one was killed in a standoff with the FBI.
Via Fox News
An unknown number of protesters remained at the refuge Wednesday, but members of the media began leaving after the FBI reportedly told some journalists the Bureau couldn’t offer “protection.”
KTVZ reporter Lauren Martinez tweeted a video of her leaving the compound area with the ominous note “@FBI warns media no protection.” Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter John Sepulvado tweeted “.@OPB was told by FBI that we were on our own — essentially stuff is going down and we need to move.”
Earlier in the day, Jason Patrick, one of the leaders of the crew remaining at the outpost, said he could see an armored convoy and a number of law enforcement officers gathered from his perch in the compound.
“Sounds like the definition of peaceful resolution is either forcefully kidnapping me or death,” Patrick told USA Today. “A peaceful resolution is not dead people.
Could there be more bloodshed? Let us pray this ends peacefully.
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