Protest over Finicum death rolls through Burns

3% of Idaho planning a protest in Burns on Monday

A roadside memorial to militia member LaVoy Finicum was placed at the spot along Hwy 395 where he was shot to death Jan. 26, 2016 by an OSP trooper during a traffic stop that included the FBI, Jan. 30, 2016 (KOIN)
A roadside memorial to militia member LaVoy Finicum was placed at the spot along Hwy 395 where he was shot to death Jan. 26, 2016 by an OSP trooper during a traffic stop that included the FBI, Jan. 30, 2016 (KOIN)

BURNS, Ore. (KOIN) — Some people felt because the main leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation were arrested things might quiet down around Burns. But supporters of the militant group have other plans.

A truck in Burns with an anti-government message, hours before an expected rolling protest over the death of militia member LaVoy Finicum, Jan. 30, 2016 (KOIN)
A truck in Burns with an anti-government message, hours before an expected rolling protest over the death of militia member LaVoy Finicum, Jan. 30, 2016 (KOIN)

A memorial with flowers marks the spot where LaVoy Finicum — the Arizona rancher and de facto spokesman for the militia — was shot to death Tuesday during a traffic stop and roadblock. The tire tracks from Finicum’s attempted escape are still visible in the snow. The FBI and Oregon State Police intercepted Finicum and 7 others in 2 vehicles as they headed toward a meeting at a senior center in Grant County.

The death of the 54-year-old armed militant only solidified the resolve of Duane Schrock.

“A loss of a great life and a great man. I believe he will elevate the rest of us to another level,” Schrock said. “The people have been awakened.”

Singer Jordan Page posted “The Ballad of LaVoy Finicum” on YouTube.

Community members organized about 50 protesters who rolled through the streets of Burns over the death of LaVoy Finicum about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Photos: Armed militia at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

KOIN 6 News learned more outsiders are organizing and coming to the area. A rally of the group 3% of Idaho will take place Monday in the area of the Harney County Courthouse in Burns.

The 3% of Idaho is the same group who arrived unannounced and uninvited on January 10, the 8th day of the militia’s occupation.

A sign along Hwy 205 in Burns, Jan. 30, 2016 (KOIN)
A sign along Hwy 205 in Burns, Jan. 30, 2016 (KOIN)

Brandon Curtiss, the president of 3% of Idaho, told KOIN 6 News that day, “We’re here to establish a security buffer between the gentlemen here at the refuge, the community, citizens and law enforcement.”

But Ammon Bundy and other militia leaders said they weren’t wanted or needed, and they left.

The group met with the FBI at the Burns Municipal Airport that day and claimed the talk was “positive.” An FBI officer was heard saying “You understand from our perspective, you can’t walk up and tell us how we’re going to do this. I agree it has to be a mutual thing.”

‘Go home to your families’

In a phone conversation recorded by his attorney in the presence of his wife, Lisa Bundy, Ammon Bundy said: “Please stand down. This was never meant to be an armed standoff. We only came to expose abuse and educate people about their rights and protected by the Constitution of the United States. Please do not make this something it was never meant to be. Go home to your families.”

This video was obtained by OPB and posted to YouTube:

Four people occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continued to hold their position Saturday and posted live videos that reveal their hyper-vigilance against any federal officials who may try to move them out.

During one early morning video posted by a man identified as David Fry, the occupiers express concerns about nearby aircraft and Fry gets jumpy when he believes he hears gunshots near the entrance.

“False alarm,” he soon says as he realizes the noise came from a generator or some other type of equipment.

Mike Arnold, Bundy’s attorney, said publicly Friday the continued occupation of the refuge “is a terrible idea.”

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