Several members of the protest were accused of being agent provocateurs
January 26, 2016
One person is dead and Oregon protest leader Ammon Bundy, along with several others, were arrested after a highway confrontation with the FBI and state police on Tuesday.
Shots were reportedly fired after authorities stopped the protestors on U.S. Highway 395 while they were headed to a community meeting in John Day, Ore., on the 24th day of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.
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Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan W. Payne were arrested during the stop, and it’s unclear who started the shooting, although sources are reporting that Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum, who gained fame for conducting a TV interview from beneath a blue tarp, was killed.
Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy and Peter Santilli were also arrested separately in Burns, Ore.
Not long after the arrests, FBI agents raided the wildlife refuge but it is unknown how many of the three dozen members of the protest, if any, were still at the headquarters during the raid.
All those arrested are facing various federal felony charges.
Bundy and the protestors took over the wildlife refuge earlier this month after two local ranchers, the Hammonds, were sent to prison after the Bureau of Land Management accused them of setting fires on federal land.
The Hammonds, however, did not approve of the protest and distanced themselves from the occupation.
The protestors lost further support after a series of questionable activities, including filming themselves waving around sex toys shipped to them by counter-protestors and releasing a video of a loincloth-clad “militant” challenging Chris Christie to a sumo match, sparked allegations that several members of the protest were in fact agent provocateurs.
The accusations gained momentum once the mainstream media used the self-destructive videos to ridicule conservatives and libertarians in general.
It will definitely be interesting to see who gets released from federal custody with few, if any, charges.