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Leader of armed protest in Burns says meeting with community in doubt, blames judge

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The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon says there may not be a meeting with local residents because they can't find a place for the gathering.

The group had planned to hold a meeting Friday evening in Burns to explain themselves and inform residents when they will leave.

Leader Ammon Bundy told reporters Thursday that the meeting is now in doubt because Harney County officials won't let the armed men use the fairgrounds, as they had hoped.

The Harney County Sheriff also released a video discussing safety in the community Thursday. In it Sheriff David Ward said the F.B.I. is monitoring the situation at the refuge, while numerous other agencies have sent help to watch over the rest of the community.

Bundy has previously said the occupiers wouldn't leave until a plan was in place to turn over federal lands to local authorities. His group began occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2.

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