A member of the armed group occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon admitted Friday that most people wanted the militants to leave.
At the end of a press conference, LaVoy Finicum said that one third of the local residents in Burns wanted the militants to “get out of dodge, and a third says we like what you’re doing but not liking your method, appreciate it but we want you to go, and about a third saying don’t go, stay.”
“Let’s talk about a republic,” he continued. “It’s the right of an individual that we’re looking at, not the right of the collective. You know if there is just one rancher that is saying please help me, please don’t go, what about him? What about the Hammonds? What about that family that is in prison?”
Finicum said the militants wouldn’t have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge if it weren’t for Steven and Dwight Hammond, the Oregon ranchers who were recently sent back to jail on arson charges.
“Let them be released,” he said. “It is about the one family right now.”
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