Right-wing militants return to Oregon to hold ‘rolling protest’ over LaVoy Finicum’s death
Members of militia groups angry over the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum, who had adopted a spokesman role in the nearly month-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, are planning a “rolling protest” starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, KOIN reports.
Finicum was shot and killed after confronting authorities this week. Video of the incident shows Finicum reaching twice for his waist. The militants who have been occupying the refuge since January 2 have made it no secret that they are armed.
A handful of protesters remain inside the wildlife refuge, even though occupation leader Ammon Bundy has called for them to go home. Bundy and others who were intercepted and arrested while trying to leave the refuge for a meeting in a neighboring county this week are being held without bail as they await their trials.
KOIN didn’t report which group was organizing the protest, but the Pacific Patriot Network issued a “call to action” for a “peaceful” protest. The Idaho 3% will continue the protest on Monday, though a time has not yet been set.
The occupation of the wildlife refuge started with a protest on January 2 over the federal prison sentences of two Oregon ranchers convicted of arson. During the course of the protest, Bundy and his followers broke into the refuge, where they would hunker down for weeks to come.
Saturday’s protest comes as pressure has mounted on authorities to bring the situation to an end.
KOIN reporter Jennifer Dowling posted brief video of the protest to Twitter, as seen here:
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) January 31, 2016