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The Oregon Standoff: A Community Divided

Members of an anti-government militia have occupied the headquarters of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in a remote region of eastern Oregon for over a week, protesting what they claim is an overreaching federal government. The occupation is being led by Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan, two sons of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher best known for an armed standoff with the federal government in 2014 over a cattle grazing dispute.

The protest was sparked by the re-sentencing of two Oregon ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven, to five years in a federal prison for deliberately starting fires on their property that spread to the bordering Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

While the media has referred to the situation as an armed standoff, more specifically, the “Oregon Standoff,” the federal authorities have kept their distance, and the local authorities, led by Harney County Sheriff David Ward, are also treading lightly.

VICE News traveled to Harney County, Oregon to meet with militia leaders, attend town hall meetings, and speak with local ranchers whom the protesters claim to be representing.

In Photos: The Faces and Frozen Landscapes of the ‘Oregon Standoff’ –

Read “Militia Leader Ammon Bundy Met With a Local Sheriff to Discuss Ending the Oregon Standoff” –

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46 thoughts on “The Oregon Standoff: A Community Divided

  1. There's even people on here saying that it's karma for taking the land away from the Indians! SMH that is a valid point I've always said if you think you can trust the government asked the Indians! If you don't think they'll take it away from you you're sadly mistaken they will try and take anything they want, guns, land , women, children! It's been done before and it'll be done again if you don't stand up! When the north won, that was the beginning of the end, Yankees have no morals, they have no values , they're too far north of the Bible Belt, they think they're Untouchable! They don't believe in God they're Mason's from the Masonic temple of the devil!

  2. Unfortunately Lavoy died In Vein! Everybody left and the government got their way once again! Only when Trump stood in and pardon the Hammonds was anything done! Obama was a piece of shit!

  3. Wait he said that can happen in any community? Well let me tell you the difference my friend. We don’t know when that may happen. We don’t know when the crazy guy comes in the the hen house. But being that they are asking you to leave, they are trying to avoid that. They know that the threat of that one person maybe here. So don’t use the that can happen anywhere bullshit. It’s happening then .

  4. People got to understand after all these years the gov is too powerful now, back when the 2 amendment was written people had a voice an if that didn't work the well regulated milita could fight, but the government is too powerful now the people are gonna lose, sadly we let this happen

  5. So, what did Ammon Bundy actually accomplish? Robert (Lavoy) Finicum is dead and the US Corporation (USA, Of the Corporation by the Corporation and for the Corporation) is still in possession of the land and grabbing up the rest of it as I write this. Seriously, what was the outcome as of today 1/21/2019? If someone knows. Is Ammon still in prison? What news is there?

  6. YOU SHOULD HAVE ALL BEEN SHOT LONG BEFORE THIS EVEN HAPPENED. YOU BROUGHT THIS SHIT ON YOURSELF! YOU BROKE LAWS, AND DID SO TO PROTECT A FARMER WHO WAS USING FEDERAL LAND TO FEED HIS CATTLE WHICH HE SOLD. ITS CALLED STEALING. DIP SHITS. I MEAN, YOU OCCUPY A GOVERNMENT BUILDING AND YOU DONT THINK SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET THEMSELVES SHOT?? MORONS. IF YOU WATCH THE VIDEO FROM THE HELICOPTER YOUD SEE HIM (LEVOY) STICK HIS HANDS INTO HIS POCKETS, AND HE ALSO RAN OVER AN OFFICER AT THE ROAD BLOCK. WHEN SOMEONES SAYING HANDS UP, THEY FUCKING MEAN IT.. DONT REACH INTO UR GOD DAMN POCKETS. HE WANTED TO BE A MARTYR BUT HE ENDED UP JUST BEING AN OLD DEAD MAN. CONGRATS GUYS. YOURE MORONIC IDEOLOGY GOT YOUR FRIEND KILLED. YOU SHOULD ALL COMMIT TOASTER BATH.

  7. Three years later, we now know this standoff cost the taxpayers in damages only…about 6 million. They destroyed the place and destroyed Native American relics that were priceless. This was the day White Supremacy took a stand and turned the tides of America right back onto itself. Now they have their "dear leader" for a POTUS. Wait till they find out how, once again, their white supremacy led to the destruction of everything good and they're still going to have to pay for it…just like they did in Oregon.

  8. While I'm not keen on unruly anarchy, or unreasonable demands in an occupation, but the Finican shooting by state police, mainly the rounds fired AFTER Finican was killed. Use of deadly force is NOT a blanket cover for shooting the shit outta anyone there. I find it EXTREMELY disconcerting that more and more frequently, police are okaying their officers spraying bullets all over, quelling what they feel is a threat. On one occasion, police shot the unarmed woman that called them…

  9. Such a sensitive topic to be addressed by someone who wasn't born in America.
    Please understand, I'm not saying he should not be reporting on American issues. What I am saying is that he should not be the one reporting on THIS. I don't believe someone who wasn't born and raised here could even begin to understand the nuances of topics such of these. Not just due to not having the life experience, but just when it comes to things such as state versus federal power, which is something unique and not an issue for most countries across the continents. Add to that anything at all to do with guns, and again, you have a reporter that is completely devoid of life experience when it comes to the two main topics of the story being reported. Vice is a large and global organization. WHY wouldn't you use an American to report such a topic???

  10. Reason they got Spanish on the lower part of this screen is because you Mexicans are not smart enough to learn English anther reason we should send you back .

  11. Funny how the slow motion video of Levoy getting shot at with hands up as he exits his vehicle has no comment section at bottom but just think if u stepped out of ur vehicle and hear rounds whizzing u just may do the same like reach for ur weapon to defend yourself,maybe it was planned that way,miss on purpose to force him to escalate the contact.

  12. Anytime a conservative calls someone a "snowflake" just remind them about these whiners. Whenever someone declares that white privilege does not exist let them know about these idiots. If you think a black or Muslim group of people could get the same treatment for the same actions then you are blatantly ignorant.

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