For the past few days, an unnamed couple has been camping just outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which was seized by miltia members led by Ammon Bundy two weeks ago. And they say they aren’t planning to leave until Bundy’s band of lawbreakers give back the wildlife refuge and leave Oregon.
Kieran Suckling, who is the Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity. has spoken with the couple, and posted this on the Center’s Facebook page:
Each night, these two tent camp in the rain and snow. Each morning, they wake up, warm up, and go down the road to protest the Bundy militia’s daily press conference. They won’t leave until the militants do, they say.
They are here, they say, because our laws and public land deserve the dignity and protection of people standing up peacefully yet forcefully against those who would steal them at gunpoint.
I love these people. We offered them a warm room at our hotel, but they declined, saying that the land needed people who love it to be present at all times.
Every day, Suckling reports, the couple go down to where the militants are and protest against them, telling them they need to leave and trying to let them know they aren’t welcome in Harney County, Oregon.
Suckling also said he was on his way to a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday and he came to realize:
Dr. King understood nature deeply, teaching us ‘It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.’
But we’ll also peacefully confront the Bundy militia at the buildings and land they have taken from us all by armed force. We believe that is what Martin Luther King, Jr. would do. We must bear witness to this great injustice and show the militia thugs that America won’t be scared away from its public lands by guns and threats.
Exactly so! Dr. King understood perfectly that we are all part of the same living organism known as the United States of America. And militia groups such as the one that seized Malheur are only interested in separation, division, hatred, and violence. They may say they are involved in a peaceful protest, but peaceful protesters don’t bring guns when they decide to hold a demonstration.
Here’s a recent CNN report on the Oregon militia and their tactics:
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