4 Oregon refuge occupiers continue standoff with FBI, post videos

This Jan. 30, 2016 file photo shows Tony Atencio of Burns, Oregon, holds a photo of rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum at a rally against in Burns, Ore. The funeral for Finicum, killed by law enforcement during the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge was expected to draw supporters Friday, Feb. 5, from around the West to a small Utah town. | AP Photo by Nicholas K. Geranios, File, St. George News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last four occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge have posted a series of defiant videos in which one of them calls FBI agents losers, shows a defensive perimeter they have built and takes a joyride in a government vehicle.

The videos were posted Sunday on a YouTube channel called Defend Your Base, which the armed group has been using to give live updates. The holdouts are among 16 people charged with conspiracy to interfere with federal workers in the armed standoff over federal land policy that has surpassed five weeks.

In one of the new videos, occupier David Fry says the FBI told him he faces additional charges because of defensive barricades the four have built.

“We just got done talking with the FBI,” said the 27-year-old Blanchester, Ohio, resident. “They consider fortifying a crime.”

Fry said he, Jeff Banta of Nevada, and husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson of Idaho have “every right” to defend themselves from the “oncoming onslaught of people with fully automatic rifles (and) armored vehicles.

“I’m tired of you guys telling us what we can and can’t do,” he says.

Then Fry shows government vehicles they have been using without permission. He walks up to a white truck and says, “I think I’m going to take it on a little joyride.

“Now you’ve got another charge on me FBI. I’m driving your vehicle.”

FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said the agency had no comment on the videos.

The four have refused to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon since the compound nearly emptied out after the Jan. 26 arrests of group leader Ammon Bundy and other main figures. The group seized the property on Jan. 2, demanding federal lands be turned over to locals.

The traffic stop on a remote road outside the refuge also led police to shoot and kill Robert “LaVoy” Finicum. The FBI says the Arizona rancher was reaching for a pistol in his pocket, but Finicum’s family and Bundy’s followers dispute that and say his death was not justified.

Authorities surrounded the refuge after the arrests. The FBI has been negotiating, but the holdouts have said they won’t go home without assurances they won’t be arrested.

In another video posted Sunday, Sean and Sandy Anderson are sitting together and the husband says they feel like hostages because they can’t leave without being arrested.

Lissa Casey, attorney for Ammon Bundy, listens to a recorded statement by Bundy in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The statement was recorded during a telephone conversation between Bundy and his attorneys, Arnold and Lissa Casey, from the Multnomah County Jail. Authorities arrested Bundy, the leader of an armed group occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and others on a remote road when they left the Oregon refuge for a community meeting. Eugene, Oregon, Feb. 4, 2016 | Andy Nelson, The Register-Guard via AP, St. George News
Lissa Casey, attorney for Ammon Bundy, listens to a recorded statement by Bundy in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The statement was recorded during a telephone conversation between Bundy and his attorneys, Arnold and Lissa Casey, from the Multnomah County Jail. Authorities arrested Bundy, the leader of an armed group occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and others on a remote road when they left the Oregon refuge for a community meeting. Eugene, Oregon, Feb. 4, 2016 | Andy Nelson, The Register-Guard via AP, St. George News

“What are they to do with us?” Sean Anderson says. “They either let us go, drop all charges because we’re good people, or they come in and kill us. How’s that going to set with America?”

Meanwhile, Ammon Bundy’s attorneys on Monday released an audio recording in which the jailed occupation leader called on elected officials in eight states to visit arrested occupiers from those states and show support for their rights to free speech, assembly and civil disobedience.

While federal authorities say the refuge occupation is illegal and Bundy’s followers had threatened violence and intimidated federal employees, Bundy contends the takeover was a peaceful protest.

A Nevada state Assembly member who is sympathetic to Bundy’s cause, Michelle Fiore, said Monday she and lawmakers from several other states plan to meet in Portland this week to protest the jailing of Bundy and his followers. She said the lawmakers are members of a group called the Coalition of Western States, which opposes federal management of Western lands.

“My folks are prisoners for exercising political free speech. That is not OK,” the Republican lawmaker told the AP.

Written by TERRENCE PETTY, Associated Press

Associated Press writer Ken Ritter contributed to this report from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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6 Comments

  • Real Life February 10, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    What a bunch of idiots! They are BEGGING to be shot, and deserve it. The sad thing is a lot of local kool aid drinkers support these morons.

  • anybody home February 10, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Nevada’s Bimbo-in-Chief has arrived in Oregon with her twin 44s to “negotiate” the departure of the last four after the FBI closed in tonight. Fiore is seriously messing and muddying and making promises she cannot keep to these people and she’s clearly doing it for press and to help her upcoming big for Congress. She’s worse than useless and has become a laughingstock bigger than the Bundys. Been talking and praying all night. We hear that Cliven’s on his way, too, and calling for the posse. This is not going to end well for anybody but, of course, Cliven and the Bundys and Fiore will blame it all on the Feds. These people never, ever take responsibility for anything. Please keep your Nevada/Utah losers at home in the future. The people of Harney county haven’t had a good night’s sleep in six weeks.

  • anybody home February 11, 2016 at 1:36 am

    And Cliven Bundy is now in jail! Arrested at PDX airport Wednesday night by FBI. He’ll have his day in court. Bye Bye Cliven.

  • delong February 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Listening to these idiots on live stream last night was super painful! Almost as painful as listening to Nevada Assembly Woman Michele Fiore try to talk the crazies out of committing suicide. I bet Nevada is hoping for a recall election on that one! What an embarrassement to this country.

  • .... February 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    LOL ! cry baby Zackary should be along anytime now to defend his idiot friend Cliven and his band of morons

  • Ron February 12, 2016 at 9:08 am

    So when will they arrest the Rev. Al Sharpton for owing more than $4 million in unpaid “grazing fees”?……I mean
    income taxes?

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