Oregon National Wildlife Refuge Armed Militia in for a Long Haul: FBI Keeping Watch
An armed group has taken control of a federal building in Oregon. The people who have occupied Oregon National Wildlife Refuge have refused to budge thus far and evacuate the building till their demands are met.
Nonetheless till now they havenâ€™t clearly said as to what they want from the government.
The problem started two days ago when a rally that was meant to be supporting two local ranchers actually turned out to be an anti-government protest. Later armed men went on to occupy Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building near Burns.
While talking about the protest the spokesman of the occupiers Ammon Bundy told a television network, â€œWe will be here as long as it takesâ€¦We have no intentions of using force upon anyone, (but) if force is used against us, we would defend ourselves.”
The self styled spokesperson of the armed men, Bundy is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who drew national attention last year after staging a standoff with federal authorities.
He said that he and protesters are fighting over land rights. â€œThis is about taking the correct stand without harming anybody to restore the land and resources to the people so people across the country can begin thriving againâ€.
The militia members who occupied the wildlife refuge buildings set up a roadblock, and two armed members had manned a guard tower that is usually used to spot wildfires. But there was no sign of law enforcement in the area, and local police said they had no intention of going to the scene, not even to keep watch on the militia.
In the meantime an official associated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, â€œThe Fish and Wildlife Service and The Bureau of Land Management have received reports that an unknown number of individuals have broken into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility near Burns, Oregon. While the situation is ongoing, the main concern is employee safety and we can confirm that no federal staff were in the building at the time of the initial incident. We will continue to monitor the situation for additional developments.â€
The statement went on to add, â€œThese men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers, when in reality these men had alternative motives to attempt to over throw the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United Statesâ€¦We are currently working jointly with several organizations to make sure the citizens of Harney County are safe and this issue is resolved as quickly and peaceful as possibleâ€.
In the meantime Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a statement said, that it is “working with the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and other local and state law enforcement agencies to bring a peaceful resolution to the situationâ€.