Armed Protesters Occupt Wildlife Refuge

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Protesters have occupied a federal wildlife refuge in tiny Burns, Oregon in support of Dwight Hammon and his son, two ranchers sentenced to prison for burning on federal land.  The ranchers had been burning a firebreak to save their land from a wildfire. The stand-off is the latest in a series of arguments between the federal government and ranchers over land.

The protesters, who are armed, sung “Amazing Grace” and then declared that they were going to occupy the refuge until Hammond and his son were freed.  Ryan Payne, and Army veteran, declared “we will be here for as long as it takes”and said the group were liberating public lands for the people.

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