What do the armed Oregon occupiers want? This video explains everything you need to know
Events in the tiny town of Burns, Oregon spiraled out of control on Saturday when a group of armed militia members occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge following a protest march over the treatment of two Oregon ranchers.
While tensions have been high for several weeks prior to the ranchers, Dwight Hammond, 73, and son Steven, 46, turning themselves in to authorities on Monday, little national attention had been paid to the conflict until Saturday night’s surprise occupation.
Working with Amanda Peacher of Oregon Public Broadcasting, PBS created a video explainer of the events leading up to the takeover , with an explanation as to what exactly the militia — led by anti-government Nevada rancher Ammon Bundy — wants and where the conflict is taking a community that has not exactly welcomed the interlopers with welcome arms.
Watch the video below from PBS: