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Governor Brown issues statement on armed protests in Burns

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Governor Kate Brown issued a statement Tuesday afternoon on the situation in Burns, where armed protesters have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.

Gov. Brown notes that while federal officers are leading the response to the situation, her focus is on the local residents near the park.

“Although the FBI is the lead agency responding to the situation, my top priority is the safety of the people of Harney County and the City of Burns. The Oregon State Police has enhanced its presence in the area, augmenting local and federal public safety resources and assisting with community outreach. I look for a swift resolution that allows Harney County life to return to normal.”

Protester Ammon Bundy told reporters Tuesday that ranchers, loggers and farmers should have control of federal land - a common refrain in a decades-long fight over public lands in the West.

"It is our goal to get the logger back to logging, the rancher back to ranching," said the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a high-profile 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, who had been briefed by the FBI agent in charge in Portland, said most local residents do not support the protesters.

"The overwhelming majority of people there very much want to get on with their lives without this disruption and are not in sympathy with a bunch of outsiders," Wyden told Associated Press earlier this week.

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