The armed standoff between anti-government militants and law enforcement in Oregon has lasted more than four weeks. After the arrest of 11 people last week, it was expected that the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge would come to an end, but the killing of the group’s spokesman in an encounter with police has re-energized protesters.
4 Militants Remain In Oregon Wildlife Refuge, As FBI Negotiations Go On
We have been here before. Back in the 1990s, there were several showdowns between armed anti-government extremists and the federal government.
One of the longest standoffs involved the Freemen of Montana in 1996, who held out for 81 days before surrendering peacefully to law enforcement. It was a different story in 1993, when the standoff with the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas, ended with the deaths of at least 75 people — many of whom were children — in a fire.
But it was the events at Ruby Ridge in Idaho that would become the symbol of government overreach.