Oregon Protesters Just Made A Huge Announcement That’ll Ratchet Up Tensions
“We’ve had enough. This stops now."
Jack Davis February 1, 2016 at 11:57am
When officials arrested the leaders of the protest group occupying a federal wildlife refuge last week, it appeared the standoff gripping the community of Burns, Oregon, was coming to a close. Now a new group has entered the scene, ramping up protests and requesting more outsiders come to the remote Oregon community even as four remaining occupiers of the refuge refuse to surrender.
The Pacific Patriots Network, which is protesting the death of Robert “Lavoy” Finicum last week and the armed federal response to the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, staged a rally Saturday followed by a memorial service Sunday for Finicum. Another rally is scheduled for Monday.
The group also issued a “Call to Action ” published online. “Calling on any and all Americans to come to Burns, Oregon to come to the aid of the American people standing against these violent, malicious and deceitful tactics,” it read. “Come stand together with other Americans, and express our Constitutional right to peacefully assemble and air our grievances."
The “Call to Action” demands Oregon state police detain the FBI agent in charge and all others involved in the shooting of Finicum, the immediate removal of all “militarized FBI personnel and equipment from Harney County” and the immediate resignation of local officials who have opposed the occupation. “In order to successfully accomplish our mission, we will need any and all Americans to peacefully assemble within Burns, Oregon immediately,” the document reads. “The success of this mission depends fully on the number of people that will come to peacefully stand and demand the items above be initiated."
“We’ve had enough,” said Brandon Curtis of the PPN. “This stops now.” “Our goal is to show the country that this county does support what is going on,” said B.J. Soper, a Burns resident who organized a rally Saturday that drew more than 100 people and dozens of vehicles, some with U.S. flags and some with Confederate flags. A small group gathered Sunday to mark the spot where Finicum was killed by putting a copy of the Constitution next to a large wooden cross planted there.
The four occupiers still at the wildlife refuge headquarters have been negotiating with FBI leaders over the terms of their surrender. They reportedly want to be allowed to leave without being arrested.
In a video posted on KATU-TV, Ammon Bundy’s wife, Lisa, and attorney, Lissa Casey, are shown holding a cell phone talking to Bundy. “To those at the refuge, please stand down,” Bundy says in the video. “This was never meant to be an armed standoff. We only came to expose abuse and educate people about their rights protected by the Constitution of the United States. Please do not make this something it was never meant to be.”
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