January 22, 2016 Issue

Taking a Powder
In Focus

Taking a Powder

Burns, Oregon—A member of an armed group that has occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge rides his horse on January 7 after a light snowfall. The group took over an empty building on the wildlife refuge on January 2 to protest the prison sentences of Dwight and Steve Hammond for arson after fires they set spread to federal land. Among the protesters was Ammon Bundy, son of rancher Cliven Bundy, who led a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management in 2014. In a news conference, Ammon Bundy said the broader goal was to “restore and defend the Constitution.” The FBI held off intervening, hoping to avoid the kind of violence seen in Waco, Texas, in 1993.
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