Terrorists occupy wildlife refuge in Oregon

Armed protesters have taken over a building in a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, accusing officials of unfairly punishing ranchers who refused to sell their land. One of them is Ammon Bundy, the 40-year-old son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who is well-known for anti-government action.

The group is inside part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, OR after gathering outside for a demonstration supporting Dwight and Steven Hammond, father and son ranchers who were convicted of arson. Prosecutors said the Hammonds set a fire that burned about 130 acres in 2001, to cover up poaching. The father and son were sentenced to five years in prison.

After the march on January 2, 2015, the terrorists broke into the refuge’s unoccupied building and refused to leave. Officials have said there are no government employees in the building. “We will be here as long as it takes,” Bundy said. “We have no intentions of using force upon anyone, (but) if force is used against us, we would defend ourselves.”

When asked what it would take for the terrorists to leave, Bundy did not offer specifics. He said he and those with him are prepared to stay put for days or weeks. “We feel that we will occupy this as long as necessary,” he said.

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