Three of four occupiers of Oregon wildlife center convicted

Three of four people who protested federal control of land by occupying national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrender, fourth refuses to come forward

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Leader of group of armed protesters Ammon Bundy talks to the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, January 8, 2016.

Three out of four occupiers at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon protesting against federal land control in the West surrendered on Thursday, but the fourth refused to come out, saying his constitutional rights were being violated and that he was "feeling suicidal."

Jeff Banta, 46, of Elko, Nevada, and married couple Sean Anderson, 48, and Sandy Anderson, 47, of Riggins, Idaho, surrendered peacefully, according to a webcast of a phone call with the protesters webcast by their allies.

The protesters narrated the surrender, with the married Andersons described as emerging with their hands up, holding hands.

David Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio, remained behind and said on the live audio feed that he had not agreed to leave with the other three.

"I'm actually feeling suicidal right now," Fry said on the webcast. He later added, "I declare war against the federal government as a citizen of the Constitution."

Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, a Republican, and Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham, helped negotiate an end to the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote eastern Oregon.


TRTWorld, Reuters