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BURNS, Ore. (AP) — An occupation by armed protesters of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon started out with demands that two jailed ranchers be freed and that the federal government relinquish 300 square miles to local control for ranching, mining, logging and other uses. It has stretched on for more than a month.
BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after the FBI surrounded them and they yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off and prayed with supporters over an open phone line.
The FBI has surrounded the last four demonstrators holed up in a weeks-long armed siege at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, US authorities said. Negotiations between the occupiers and the FBI were ongoing and no shots had been fired, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, on the 40th day of the standoff. The siege at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge began on January 2 when protest leader Ammon Bundy and 30 armed followers, most of them from other US states, took over the site to demonstrate against federal land policies.