FBI shutting down Malheur occupation holdouts — liveblog
By Jeremy Bloom
The last four hold-outs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have been refusing to leave for two weeks, since the FBI arrested the main ringleaders. It appears that the FBI has moved in and will attempt to remove them tonight.
The four remaining anti-government militants — David Fry, Sean Anderson, Sandra Lynn Pfeifer Anderson, and Jeff Wayne Banta are livestreaming from inside the refuge. You can hear them repeatedly threatening that if the FBI fires on the them, or fires tear gas, they will fire back. They appear to have an expectation that they are going to die, and it looks like they may be planning to go out in a blaze of glory.
They are now saying that a Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, a Cliven Bundy supporter, is at the Portland airport and will come out and negotiate for them to leave. But it doesn’t sound like the FBI is interested in talking with her. She had been planning on showing up Tomorrow to protest the arrests of the other militants, and there was some talk that she would bring Cliven Bundy with her.
FYI, the Portland Airport, in the Northwest corner of the state, is HOURS away from the wildlife refuge in Eastern Oregon. So I can understand why the FBI isn’t interested in waiting for her to show up.
Religious leader Franklin Graham is now on the phone with them. He’s getting them to gather around the phone and have a prayer together – which may get David to calm down a little, as he’s been screaming. A lot.
One sticking point: They are saying they won’t leave without their weapons. Fiore is trying to get them to agree to leave the weapons for now.
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Last night’s stream here: