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USA: Oregon militia to announce when they will leave at Friday meeting02:20

USA: Oregon militia to announce when they will leave at Friday meeting

United States, Burns
January 13, 2016 at 01:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, Arizona rancher, friend of Bundy family and fellow occupier of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, announced at a press conference, Tuesday, that the group will head to the Burns town centre on Friday to meet with the community.

The reason for the community meeting, said LaVoy is to explain to the Burns community why the militants are here and "when we will be leaving."

LaVoy emphasised the core reasons of the standoff, saying "we are on the cusp of losing our freedoms forever. We must stand up and ask our federal government to live within the confines of the law." He went on, adding: "This is about abuse in our healthcare, abuse with federal regulations into every level of our lives. We are losing our freedoms and it is close to being gone, past the point of no return."

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's three sons - Ammon, Ryan, and Mel - alongside around 150 militia members occupied a federal building in eastern Oregon last Saturday, in an attempt to keep two local ranchers from going to prison. The group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, located around 50 miles (80 km) from Burns, after two of its members were scheduled to go to prison on January 4 for setting fire to federal land.

The siege came after some 300 people marched through Burns protesting the prosecution of county ranchers Hammonds.

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Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, Arizona rancher, friend of Bundy family and fellow occupier of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, announced at a press conference, Tuesday, that the group will head to the Burns town centre on Friday to meet with the community.

The reason for the community meeting, said LaVoy is to explain to the Burns community why the militants are here and "when we will be leaving."

LaVoy emphasised the core reasons of the standoff, saying "we are on the cusp of losing our freedoms forever. We must stand up and ask our federal government to live within the confines of the law." He went on, adding: "This is about abuse in our healthcare, abuse with federal regulations into every level of our lives. We are losing our freedoms and it is close to being gone, past the point of no return."

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's three sons - Ammon, Ryan, and Mel - alongside around 150 militia members occupied a federal building in eastern Oregon last Saturday, in an attempt to keep two local ranchers from going to prison. The group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, located around 50 miles (80 km) from Burns, after two of its members were scheduled to go to prison on January 4 for setting fire to federal land.

The siege came after some 300 people marched through Burns protesting the prosecution of county ranchers Hammonds.

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