FBI Arrests Oregon Militia Leader, Six Others; One Dead

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“They’re doing all the things that shows that they want to take some kinetic action against us,” Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, spokesperson for the militiamen occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge said on Monday, in an interview that would be his last.

Finicum was shot and killed on Tuesday in a deadly traffic stop some 70 miles north of Burns, Oregon where protests in support of two ranchers sentenced to prison for arson precipitated the occupation of a remote federal building by armed militiamen earlier this month.

The occupiers were led by Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy who became something of a folk hero after he secured the release of his cattle from federal authorities who had seized the herd for “trespassing” on government property.

The standoff involving the wildlife preserve had drug on for three weeks with Bundy and his men demanding the release of the jailed ranchers and a dialogue with the government about land use and states’ rights.

Many feared the confrontation would eventually turn violent and that is indeed what happened on Tuesday afternoon when the FBI stopped a vehicle carrying Bundy, his brother, Finicum, and others who were apparently en route to a nearby “public event.”

The leaders were on the highway bound for John Day, where they were scheduled to participate in an evening community meeting set up by local residents,” The Oregonian reports. “A crowd of several hundred had gathered at the John Day Senior Center and were subsequently told the the ‘guest speakers’ would not be appearing.”

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