- The Washington Times - Friday, January 29, 2016

One of four militia members still occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon said Thursday that law enforcement was treating them unfairly and said protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, had been given more leniency.

The occupier, who is not shown in the video published on the DefendYourBase live YouTube stream, can be heard complaining that the militants had brought guns with them for personal protection and that police escalated the situation.

“It feels unfair because a lot of those rioters in Ferguson, they went to riots with intentions of robbing and burning down cities, and everybody here came with intentions of thinking it’s a peaceful revolution,” he said, adding “everybody brought guns, I guess, as self-defense measures.”

Earlier this week, police killed one of the militia members, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum at a traffic stop. Several other occupiers were arrested.

The remaining occupiers have been told they can leave the Malheur Wildlife Refuge peacefully, via one of several police checkpoints, so long as they have not been charged with a federal crime. But authorities said that one man, named Sean, would be arrested because he was wanted on a federal warrant, the occupant says in the video.

“So, we’re still stuck here, four of us,” the occupier said in the video. “They’re telling us it’s safe to leave, but it’s not.”

He claimed that occupants who left would later be charged with conspiracy to impede a federal officer, which carries a maximum penalty of six years.

“If you get a felony, you can’t vote no more, they take your guns away,” the occupant said. “It’s a pretty serious charge.”

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