January 28, 2016
Four militiamen are still refusing to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve where they have been locked in a 27-day stand-off with police, which has left one dead; 11 arrested and has brought widespread condemnation from the local community.
In a live video broadcast from the Oregon ranch this week, one of the last-standing members, said he believes the FBI is 'going to kill them', but refused to leave unless the authorities would meet their demands.
Another militiaman added he is 'willing' to die in a final bloody siege with the authorities if negotiations fail. Their comments come after the last leader of the occupation voluntarily handed himself in at a police checkpoint.
However, the group's number is continuing to dwindle rapidly. The five remaining members quickly dropped to four on Thursday morning.
Murder: This militiaman appeared on a YouTube video accusing the FBI of plotting to kill the remaining demonstrators
Blackout: The armed protester claimed the FBI had ordered the media away from the nature reserve so the 'killings' wouldn't be recorded
A video posted Thursday to the YouTube channel DefendYourBase, which the group has been using to give live updates says the occupiers want assurances they won't arrested.
A speaker believed to be David Fry said: 'We're stuck here, four of us. They're telling us it's safe to leave, but it's not safe.'
Group co-leader Jason Patrick, 43, of Bonaire, Georgia, was arrested on Wednesday along with two other militiamen.
Eight members were already under arrest following the stand-off and fatal shooting of rancher Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, 55, on Tuesday.
Militia leader Ammon Bundy was among those seized after the bloody traffic stop on Highway 395.
He and six others were declared a flight risk on Thursday afternoon and refused release lest they return for the group's last stand. Dozens of supporters packed the courtroom for the hearing.
Authorities claim father-of-11 Finicum reached for a gun in his waistband after fleeing in his vehicle from a police cordon and was promptly shot dead by officers.
Bundy's brother, Ryan, was also shot in the arm during the incident.
The remaining militiamen have spoken of their dismay at the death of Finicum.
In another live video rant, one militia member angrily blasted the FBI as 'murderers'.
'The media has been ordered to leave that means they're coming to kill us, they don't want them to see that. They're going to murder all of us... The American people better wake up,' he said.
Another said: 'If I die, I died for my country, I died a free man. That's how I want to die.'
And in an interview with the Plain Dealer on Wednesday, Fry said: 'I'll pass on and move on to the next life. I don't know (how it will end), but I'm willing to go that far.
'Obviously they are murdering people at this point. They've been doing it for a long time now, and you guys are watching it.'
Shot dead: Rancher Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, pictured, was shot in a clash with police on Tuesday
Family man: Finicum (center) and wife Jeanette (right) had been married for 23 years. He had 11 children
The final four are refusing to leave unless authorities assure them they will all be free to return home.
The Oregonian reported on Thursday that the group is concerned about a warrant out for militiaman Sean Anderson's arrest and they want it dropped before they leave.
So far 11 members of the militia have been arrested.
Leader Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan Bundy were seized on Tuesday alongside Shawna Cox, 59, Brian Cavalier, 44, Ryan Payne, Joseph O'Shaughnessy and Peter Santilli. Jon Ritzheimer, 32, was arrested in Peoria, Arizona, after turning himself in to police
Duane Leo Ehmer of Irrigon, Oregon, Dylan Wade Anderson, 34, of Provo, Utah and Patrick, 43, were arrested on Wednesday.
The arrests follow the release of federal court documents which claim that the militiamen were equipped with night vision goggles and explosives.
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