CAN A PRI­VATE ARMY BLACK­MAIL THE USA?

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2nd Jan­uary 2016: “Thus far and no fur­ther,” growls Ammon Bundy. He has just been told that two of his fel­low ranch­ers have been ar­rested for ar­son. For the car fleet man­ager from Burns, Ore­gon, this is the fi­nal straw. Now he’ll take the law into his own hands. To­gether with a group of heav­ily armed mili­ti­a­men he makes his way to the Mal­heur Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, 80 kilo­me­tres away.

Once they ar­rive, the men storm the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing and po­si­tion armed guards at the en­trance to the 775-square-kilo­me­tre area. Bundy de­mands the fed­eral gov­ern­ment im­me­di­ately re­lease both farm­ers and aban­don all claims to the wildlife re­serve. He is pre­pared to fight “to the death” and take con­trol of other es­tab­lish­ments. “We want to give the peo­ple back their land,” ex­plains Bundy. “It’s our goal to get the log­ger back to log­ging, the rancher back to ranch­ing.” But the lo­cal sher­iff David Ward is con­vinced that the self-ti­tled Cit­i­zens For Con­sti­tu­tional Free­dom are pur­su­ing other plans: “They want to top­ple the county ad­min­is­tra­tion and then the US fed­eral gov­ern­ment in the hope of trig­ger­ing a coun­try-wide move­ment.”

It’s 41 days un­til the FBI man­age to crush the up­ris­ing. Blood is shed. Bundy and his crew are on their way to a civic meet­ing when sev­eral law en­force­ment ve­hi­cles sud­denly block their path. After a short chase, the al­ter­ca­tion ends in a shootout. One oc­cu­pier dies while Bundy and his ac­com­plices are ar­rested. The oc­cu­pa­tion is over – but ex­perts say it won’t be long un­til the next es­ca­la­tion oc­curs.

“My peo­ple are will­ing to fight – and if nec­es­sary ready to die.” AMMON UN Y mili­tia leader

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