(BURNS, Ore.) — Ammon Bundy and other militiamen involved in the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge attended a community meeting on Tuesday night that was highlighted by anger directed at the occupants.
The Oregonian said that residents of Harney County expressed their frustration with the occupants, but also with public officials and the federal government at the community meeting. Bundy, the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy — who made headlines over his 2014 armed standoff with the federal government — sat in the bleachers of the Burns High School gymnasium.
County Judge Steve Grasty was one of the speakers Tuesday night, telling Bundy “it is time for you to go home.” A chant of “go, go, go” ensued, the Oregonian says.
Bundy and his militiamen seized the headquarters of the wildlife refuge on Jan. 2 in protest over the prosecution of a pair of Oregon ranchers accused of burning federal land. They had initially vowed to leave if the local population did not want them there, but have nonetheless remained for 18 days and counting.
About 300 people attended the meeting, according to the Oregonian, with residents directing messages at Bundy including “get the hell out of my county,” and “go to jail where you deserve to be!”
Still, other residents criticized Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, urging him to “tell the truth” about what was being done to end the occupation.
Others took the opportunity to speak out against the prosecution of Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven — the prosecution that prompted the occupation — calling it evidence of “an overreaching federal government.”
County officials have promised to hold such community meetings weekly for as long as residents attend them.
When Tuesday’s meeting ended, Bundy and his militamen left without a word.
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