Burns Oregon Militia Standoff Continues

Oregon

The Harney County Sheriff’s office held a press conference on Jan. 4, 2016, regarding the militia group who has forcefully occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Oregon.

The militants originally claimed to be in Burns for a peaceful rally protesting the reincarceration of two Harney County ranchers. However, after the rally several men, approximately 12, split off, traveled to the Federal Park, and took possession of the administration building. They have been there since Saturday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2016.

Sheriff David Ward reported the ranchers, Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son, Steven, 46 have turned themselves in. They are in a Federal Prison in California. The Hammonds, speaking through their attorney, clearly stated that the militia group does not speak for them.

The sheriff stated the community of Harney County houses approximately 7,000 people, predominately in the towns of Burns and Hines. His concern is for the safety of the residents and he has requested police back-up from other law enforcement agencies in Ore., including the State Police.

Up to this point, the police presence has been light. The Oregon Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) have stated they will not interfere at this time.

Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to bring updates at they become available, as well as full coverage of the situation.

By Cathy Milne

Sources:

The Oregonian/Oregonlive: News  Conference

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One Response to "Burns Oregon Militia Standoff Continues"

  1. Catherine Humberg   January 7, 2016 at 8:36 am

    People need to realize that, unless then have lived in Southern Oregon near a ranch/farm, they
    truly can’t grasp what is going on here….the liberal media has typed this up and twisted it so
    badly, telling lies and half-truths that is bears no resemblance to the facts of the original story.
    These people aren’t dangerous anti-government terrorists, and least not most of them, they
    are farmers, ranchers, women, children, parents, veterans. Basically they are scared that their
    land will be taken away from them, as it was from the Hammonds. Speaking of which, that is
    a case for you; Dwayne Hammond, age 73. Tottering around; he’s a real threat to the US…
    not. He’s probably not even a threat to his grand kids in a basket ball game, and he’s now
    doing hard time, for farming his own land. The federal government knows that they have
    made a huge mistake, which is why they are not doing anything, thank G*d . Let us hope and
    pray this will be resolved in a fair and humane fashion, and that the ranchers and farmers of
    the whole area of the country will be able to carry on with their lives and the work of providing
    for their families. Heaven forbid that it should be a Waco II, or another Ruby Ridge.

    Reply

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