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SPLC statement on Ammon Bundy's arrest in Oregon

We are relieved that the ringleaders of the Malheur occupation are now in custody.

The tragic loss of life is not surprising given that the armed insurrection has reached this point. It is critical that the federal government prosecute those involved in the Oregon standoff so that the antigovernment movement understands that there is a price to pay for their reckless and unlawful behavior. The failure to do so in Bunkervillle in 2014 emboldened not only Cliven Bundy’s sons, but the entire movement, and led to the situation we’re facing today. We hope that the remaining occupiers and law enforcement reach a peaceful resolution.

-- Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center

For previous Hatewatch coverage regarding the Bundy occupation see the following: 

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