BURNS, OR -- A Burns businesswoman, who is benefiting from the influx of people there, has a message for the visitors: Go home.
It's an odd message from a motel operator with a constant full house. But, Vickie Allen, of America’s Best Value Motor Inn, is tired of the constant inundation of militia supporters. “It’s just building up again. It’s just gotten worse because we’ve got more people from out of state coming in. Enough’s enough. Go home and let us go back to our nice quiet little town.”
Allen tells KBND News she believes the majority of locals want the outsiders to leave, even those who might support the occupiers' original message of government overreach. It was a sentiment shared by many at a Monday rally at the Harney County Courthouse n Burns. One woman said, "I don’t think there’s a person here that’s in disagreement that the government has overreached. But, we have to make changes, and it needs to happen in a way different than the way the militia is wanting it to happen."
But, nearby, another demonstration called for the arrest of law enforcement responsible for the death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. Ron Wharton drove from Roseburg to participate "This is not going to stop unless we stop it. And, we don’t need the federal government killing our protesters. We have the right to free speech, to protest and to carry a firearm."
Both sides faced off for more than two hours. Despite a lot of shouting, there were not reports of violence between the groups.