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(BURNS, Ore.) — The Harney County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon has called a meeting with the protesters who have taken over a federal wildlife refuge building for days over the prosecution of a pair of Oregon ranchers.

During the brief meeting, Sheriff David Ward asked Ammon Bundy to respect the wishes of Harney County residents and leave the land, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.


This meeting is called for a peaceful resolution. Sheriff Ward is NOT there to make an arrest. He’s there to ask them to leave #HarneyCounty

— Harney Cty. Sheriff (@HarneyCoSheriff) January 7, 2016

Sheriff Ward asks Ammon Bundy to please leave and respect the wishes of Harney County residents.

— Harney Cty. Sheriff (@HarneyCoSheriff) January 7, 2016


Ward and Ammon Bundy plan to meet again Friday to discuss a peaceful resolution.

A protest began Saturday in support of Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who were to report to prison Monday on arson charges.

The Hammonds were convicted of setting fires on lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, where they had grazing rights leased to them for their cattle operation. The two men left eastern Oregon early Sunday to report to Terminal Island in San Pedro, California, to serve their prison sentences.

After Saturday’s rally, militia, along with sons of Cliven Bundy initiated the occupation of the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon claimed the federally owned wildlife refuge in rural, eastern Oregon belonged to the people.

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told the Las Vegas Sun that the protesters should face charges for their actions. “I think that the federal and local law enforcement officials are very carefully trying to manage this so it doesn’t result in bloodshed,” Clinton said.

“I understand that the occupiers of the federal land have said that they will leave if the local community doesn’t want them, and from what I’m seeing in the news, the local community doesn’t want them,” she added. “They should leave — leave peacefully — but they should be charged for the illegal action they have undertaken, trespassing, breaking and entering and the like.”

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