Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is relaying communications between peaceful occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and FBI agents, who surrounded them at approximately 4:30 pm (Pacific) today, Wednesday, February 10, 2016. According to Fiore, the FBI has given her assurances that they will not move on the occupiers until she and Reverend Graham escort them out of the compound at 8:00 a.m. Thursday.
Over 60,000 people are listening to the transmission of the communications between the occupiers and Fiore on Youtube. Listen live here:
The FBI issued a statement claiming that “one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. FBI Agents attempted to approach the driver, and he returned to the encampment at the refuge at a high rate of speed.”
“At this time, the FBI has moved to contain the remaining occupiers by placing agents at barricades both immediately ahead of and behind the area where the occupiers are camping. Negotiations between the occupiers and the FBI continue. No shots have been fired.”
Wednesday marks day 40 of the occupation of the refuge.
The occupiers have assured Fiore that they do not want to die, and that they are willing to turn themselves into authorities.