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‘FARM WARS’ – A FIGHT FOR EV­ERY CEN­TIME­TRE

In Bunkerville, the first big show­down be­tween the fed­eral po­lice and the heav­ily armed mili­ti­a­men – in­clud­ing many mem­bers of the so-called Oath Keep­ers – takes place. The con­fronta­tion lasts for al­most a week, and is sym­bolic of the deep di­vide run­ning through the Amer­i­can pop­u­lace at the time. The sit­u­a­tion is tense and sev­eral times things threaten to es­ca­late: while mili­tia mem­bers, gov­ern­ment work­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers en­gage in a stand off, a preg­nant women is tasered by fed­eral agents dur­ing a scuf­fle.

A GOL MINE ECOMES A NO- GO AREA

After the gov­ern­ment ac­cuses the own­ers of the Sugar Pine Gold­mine at Grants Pass of op­er­at­ing their mine with­out the ap­proval of the fed­eral au­thor­i­ties, the Oath Keep­ers dig in and pre­pare for con­flict. Not only do they cre­ate a no-go area for gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, they also build a five-acre camp where they store equip­ment, plan op­er­a­tions and re­cruit new mem­bers. Only when the gov­ern­ment backs down do the Keep­ers pull back – only to start march­ing again in Au­gust dur­ing a con­flict over a mine in Mon­tana.

OATH KEEP­ERS PA­TROL IN FER­GU­SON

The ac­tions of pri­vate armies are not just lim­ited to dis­putes with the gov­ern­ment: in Au­gust 2015, on the an­niver­sary of the fa­tal shoot­ing of Michael Brown*, se­vere un­rest erupts once more. Once again, the Oath Keep­ers are in­volved. Armed with AR-15 ri­fles and Glock pis­tols they pa­trol the streets and post look­outs on rooftops, thus wors­en­ing the al­ready riled-up at­mos­phere. After three weeks they re­treat, but prom­ise to re­turn the next year with even more peo­ple.

MIS­SOURI, AU­GUST, 2015

ORE­GON, APRIL, 2015

NE­VADA, APRIL, 2014

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