Locals and Patriots Come To Help Bundy Militia
Several residents of Burns, Oregon and at least one patriot group have come to help a militia who have taken over a federal building to protest government abuse of ranchers.
Members of the ‘3-Percenters of Idaho‘ arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, some brandishing firearms on their hips. The militia members told reporters they were going to “secure a perimeter” around the compound and prevent “a Waco-style situation.”
Ammon Bundy, leader of the group that took over the bird sanctuary a week ago, said he was grateful for the help.
“If they weren’t here,” Bundy told The Oregonian, “I’d worry” about a Waco-style siege by federal officials.
The 3-Percenters left the scene a few hours later, reports ABC News. One of the original occupiers of the refuge, LaVoy Finicum, said earlier on Saturday that the network’s help is appreciated, but “we want the long guns put away.”
Despite what Bundy previously told The Oregonian, Todd MacFarlane, a Utah lawyer acting as a mediator, said the occupation leader was worried about how the appearance of armed men surrounding the building would look.
MacFarlane insisted Bundy did not ask the 3-Percenters to come to Burns, and has “tried to put out the word: ‘We don’t need you.'”
Residents of Burns also took to the call put out by the Bundys for “snacks” by showing up with boxes full of food. Other supplies were also given to the militia.
The FBI issued a statement saying they were continuing to seek a peaceful resolution to the situation, without giving further details.