Time: 9:00 p.m. CEST
The last four persons in the armed occupation of a wildlife refugee in eastern Oregon surrendered peacefully on Thursday morning, the New York Times publishes, explaining that the standoff ended 40 days after began. As the Times says, “three of the four walked out” and surrendered to the Federal Bureau Investigation agents shortly after 9:30 a.m. Fourth person, David Fry, surrendered but after hours long negotiations with FBI agent.
The Times says the end of the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge “came after the FBI arrested Cliven Bundy, father of Ammon Bundy and an icon to antigovernment activists in the West, who was at the center of another armed standoff with government agents, in Nevada in 2014.” The group demanded release of the two local ranchers, imprisoned on arson charges on public lands. They also disputed the property was taken from local ranchers.
The four remaining occupiers, as the Times says, invoked the killing of Mr. Finicum by federal agents. He was shot after he reached for a firearm. The Times writes that, FBI said Ammon Bundy, the leader of the occupation, was arrested during the stop along with several other members of the group, including his brother, Ryan. Cliven Bundy in 2014 refused to pay government fees for grazing his cattle on federal land.
“He has been seen as a hero by the Oregon occupiers and by people sympathetic to their cause,” the Times explains. His lawyer, Michael Arnold confirmed Bundy was arrested at the Portland airport and “would face a felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties, in connection with the 2014 standoff.”