In Burns, Oregon, on Jan. 7, 2016, the sheriff has made arrangements meet with the leaders of the militiamen who took over the Malheur National Refuge Center six days ago. The group, who identifies as the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, is led by Ammon Bundy. However, he is not present in this action, but his sons are.
The sheriff released a statement at 3:22 p.m. PST, that there would be a meeting in the “next few minutes.” They have agreed to meet in a neutral location to discuss the possibility of ending the siege. The meeting location is near the refuge center at Narrows-Princeton Road and Lava Bed Road.
During the town hall meeting, that occurred on Jan. 6, 2016, the sheriff was encouraged to end this peacefully by those in attendance.
The occupation began after a rally in Burns that was initiated by the militia to show support of two ranchers who had been convicted for setting illegal fires on Federal land in Harney County, Oregon. The ranchers, Dwight Hammond and his son Steve, were scheduled to be incarcerated in California. They surrendered over the weekend and are currently in a Federal prison. This did not deter the militia from their protest and occupation of the refuge center’s administration building.
Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to give updates as the information comes available.
Update: Jan. 7, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. PST, according to ABC News, Oregon Governor, Kate Brown has called for the militia to cease and desist immediately. The meeting with the sheriff and the occupation leaders does not appear to be successful at this time. However, one did indicate there would be some type of announcement would be made sometime tomorrow, Jan. 8, 2016.
By Cathy Milne
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