BURNS, OR -- It's tense at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Thursday morning. Wednesday, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside of a barricade and that led the FBI to surround their camp. FBI negotiators talked with them over a loud speaker and occupiers yelled back. Much of the interaction was broadcast by the four holdouts over a live internet stream. They told the FBI, "We haven't threatened anybody; you guys are the ones that murdered." They also repeated threats that they wouldn't be taken alive if the FBI started firing first.
Sean and Sandy Anderson, David Fry and Jeff Banta remain at the refuge. They spoke with Nevada lawmaker Michelle Fiori and Rev. Franklin Graham by phone. The calls were also live streamed online. They told Fiori, “They want us dead, so that nobody else will ever stand up for their rights.”
Fiori and Rev. Graham are reportedly on their way to the refuge to help bring an end to the standoff. Occupiers say they'll walk out with Fiori and give up, but they still don't want to be charged. Fiori says she talked with the FBI and was assured they wouldn't take action until morning.
Cliven Bundy, father of occupation leader Ammon Bundy, was taken into FBI custody when he arrived at the Portland Airport, Wednesday night. The FBI says his charges will be released Thursday. Cliven was at the center of a Nevada ranching standoff in 2014, over use of public lands. He was reportedly headed to the refuge at the time of his arrest.