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Jan 5, 2016

The Militia Standoff in Oregon

The Militia Standoff in Oregon

An armed militia took over a U.S. Federal facility this past weekend.
OK, the facility was a wildlife refuge and in the middle of nowhere, but it was the thought behind the act that counts right? Why occupy a really important building like a city hall when you can stick it to the animals.
They had acted to protest the federal government's role in governing wild lands. Ammon Bundy, a leader of the group, told reporters outside the occupied facility on Monday that his group had named itself "Citizens for Constitutional Freedom" and was trying to restore individual rights.

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Finicum leads a tour through the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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A U.S. flag covers a sign at the entrance of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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A watch tower is manned at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the media tour the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Media and satellite trucks are seen at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Media and satellite trucks are seen at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Militia members keep watch at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Ammon Bundy departs after addressing the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Ammon Bundy arrives to address the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Ammon Bundy addresses the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Militiamen stand on a road at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Self-described Patriot and former U.S. Marine Jon Ritzheimer poses for a picture at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Jason Patrick, an occupier, opens a garage door to a storage facility at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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An occupier walks to a housing unit at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Militiamen stand on a road at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Housing units are seen at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Self-described Patriot and former U.S. Marine Jon Ritzheimer leads the media on a tour at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Ward addresses the media about the occupation by a group of armed, self-styled militiamen, at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Militiamen embrace along with Ammon Bundy, after Bundy spoke to the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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A militiaman stands on a road at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Patches on the sleeve of a militiaman is seen at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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