Latest on Cliven Bundy vs The BLM

According to this article, the BLM has left…for now. Calves are dying from being separated from the mothers and reports of being tasered and even hit by cars are related:

 

Tensions increase as feds seize Nevada rancher’s cattle

Posted: Apr 09, 2014 6:27 PM CDT

LAS VEGAS — Tensions are growing as people in the community of Bunkerville are trying to stop federal agents from taking cattle off of public land.

During a Wednesday’s night town meeting, community members came out in force to support rancher Cliven Bundy. They gave him a standing ovation when he got up to speak.

“I love you people. And I love this land, and I love freedom and liberty,” Bundy told the crowd.

“I want to tell you and thank you for being brave enough to stand up for me, for my freedom, for my liberties and my land,” Overton area resident Kelly Houston said.

“I openly, publicly and personally say: I stand with the Bundys,” Overton area resident Laura Bledsoe said.

Resident not only showed support for the Bundy family, they also condemned the federal government for what they called heavy-handed tactics.

Earlier in the day, BLM and park rangers had tasers ready to go as they faced a few dozen protesters.

One woman claims federal officers hit her with their vehicle. A man says he was tased twice. In just a matter of minutes, the situation escalated from calm to angry with the protestors shouting and the rangers ready to respond with dogs, tasers and physical force, if needed.

At the center of this battle is the Bundy family and their herd of at least 500 head of cattle. The BLM says the cattle have been allowed to graze on the federal land illegally for the past 20 years.

“You want to tase me? Go ahead,” Ammon Bundy challenged rangers.

He is the son of rancher Cliven Bundy and he claims the rangers tased him twice.

The protesters came within inches of law enforcement trying to get the BLM to leave a section of the public land. The Bundy family says it’s willing to put itself in danger for their livelihood. They claim federal rangers are killing their cattle in the process of rounding them up.

“There’s only one reason they have a backhoe and a dump truck up there and that is because they’re cleaning up their mess from killing our animals,” Ammon Bundy said.

The ranchers say this is calving season and mother cows are being separated from their babies.

“They haven’t been able to feed their calves and that means the calves are starving to death,” Ammon Bundy said.

The BLM has denied killing any cattle intentionally, only saying that there may be some cases where a cow would need to be euthanized.

“Get out of our state! Get out of our state!” protestors yelled.

The BLM has left the area, for now. However, not everyone left the skirmish unharmed. One of the Bundy sisters says a ranger hit her with a car which threw her to the ground.

“I’m shook up, my hand’s cut, my knee’s you know, banged up,” Margaret Bundy-Houston said.

Although the BLM rangers are out of the area, they insist they’ll be back to take all of the cattle that are on the land illegally.

In a statement released late Wednesday afternoon, the BLM and park service said in part:

“In recent days, some peaceful protests have crossed into illegal activity, including blocking vehicles associated with the gather, impeding cattle movement, and making direct and overt threats to government employees. These isolated actions that have jeopardized the safety of individuals have been responded to with appropriate law enforcement actions.

Today, a BLM truck driven by a non-law enforcement civilian employee assisting with gather operations was struck by a protester on an ATV and the truck’s exit from the area was blocked by a group of individuals who gathered around the vehicle. A police dog was also kicked. Law enforcement officers attempting to protect the civilian federal employee from the attack were also threatened and assaulted. After multiple requests and ample verbal warnings, law enforcement officers deployed tasers on a protestor.”

The BLM and park service also point out that they have tried to resolve the issue with Bundy for more than 20 years. They accuse him of not complying with several court orders directing him to remove his cattle from public lands.

Besides complaints of tough tactics, people at the meeting Wednesday night also said the dispute was hurting the economic well being of the area because trails are closed and armed federal agents in the area are scaring away tourists.

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alice Smith
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 10:20:58

    Friends who live in Mesquite have told me that there is not an empty hotel room in the entire town. The booze is flowing and the party is going. (Who is picking up the tab for that?) FBI swat is as visible as BLM. Thank God for the internet! Unlike Ruby Ridge and Waco, the word from both sides will get out.

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  2. Laurel
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 13:02:13

    Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:59:12 -0700 (PDT)
    From: Red Caboose
    Subject: The Oath Keepers ARE getting involved in Bundy stand off!!!!!

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    Message just issued by Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers
    Oath Keepers,
    We need a presence there immediately to help prevent the feds sparking another Ruby Ridge or Waco incident in the Bundy stand-off.
    Watch this:

    Nevada State Rep. Michele Fiore (a strong patriot who has attended many of our meetings) is on site right now at the protest site outside the Bundy ranch, and she is helping us assemble a coalition of Nevada state legislators. We are also working with WA State Rep Matt Shea to put together a delegation of other Western State Representatives to go there to support Rep. Fiore and her coalition, and we are working with Sheriff Mack to bring a delegation of current serving CSPOA Sheriffs to stand vigil there. We need Oath Keepers to also show up and stand vigil and support this family and the patriot legislators and sheriffs who are taking the lead in defending them. This is critical. The goal is to stand vigil to prevent another Waco or Ruby Ridge, and to put pressure on the Nevada Governor to honor the oath he took by standing up for this family and for the state of Nevada.
    I fly to Vegas tomorrow. Sheriff Mack is coming too, along with the current serving Sheriffs he is rallying to the cause.
    All who can make it, need to be there. We need numbers – boots on the ground. The more the better.
    For those who are coming, please rally at the public protest site near the ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada. To get there, take I-15 North, toward Mesquite, and get off at exit 112. Go right two miles (you can only go right). You will see tall flag poles and signs. Can’t miss it.
    Per Ammon Bundy, here are some rules:
    First, NO MILITARY CAMMO. This is a protest by rural Americans. Dress accordingly. (from me: Oath Keepers can wear Oath Keepers polos if you have them, or OK T shirts, but please no cammo. Let’s respect the Bundy family request).
    No open carry of rifles. Any rifles people may have with them need to stay in the vehicles.
    When you arrive at the protest rally point, ask for Ammon Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s son, to check in. If he is not there, he will have designated another family rep for you to check in with. DO NOT go past that first rally point/protest site with the flags that the family has set up on private land. Beyond that is the road to their ranch, and no one is to drive to the ranch without express permission and escort by Cliven Bundy or his sons. Please respect their need for security and privacy.
    No volunteer is to give any media interviews. Refer all media first and foremost to the Bundy family members present, in particular Cliven Bundy, Ammon, or one of the other sons. And/or refer them to one of the current serving Nevada State legislators who will be there, such as Michele Fiore (she is gathering a coalition of Nevada representatives), or one of the current serving Sheriff’s who will be coming. We are there to support them, and let them handle the media.
    If any media ask to interview Oath Keepers, please refer them to me, but I will likely just refer them to the family until we do a press conference once Sheriff Mack arrives – and even then, the focus will be on the coalition of current serving Western State Legislators and Sheriffs that we are helping to gather. They and the family will be the main effort, and we are there as support.
    BRING CAMERAS. Film everything. The more cameras, the better.
    Bring relevant signs about honoring the oath, respecting property rights and free speech rights. We are there to stand up for rural Americans who are under attack and to pressure the Governor and the Clark County Sheriff to do their duty.
    Ammon said volunteers can camp on private property that is on the side of the road at the main protest site the family has set up (the first gathering place you will come to with signs and flags once you get off I-15 at exit 112 and go about two miles). Again, please ask the family members present where to park and where to camp if you want to camp.
    Stewart
    Visit American Prepper Nation at: http://americanpreppernation.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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  3. Taylor
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 19:52:51

    $/28/14 What is the current information? Are Militia still in vicinity?

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