Mainstream Media Refuses To Call Militia’s Armed Takeover Of Federal Building A Terrorist Incident

Jon Ritzheimer, organizer of the anti-Muslim Draw Muhammad cartoon ralley in Arizona in 2015, and one of the leaders of the armed takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Jon Ritzheimer, organizer of the anti-Muslim
Draw Muhammad cartoon ralley in Arizona in 2015, and one of the leaders of the armed takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

U.S. government officials have refrained from calling the militias that have occupied a federal property armed with assault rifles domestic terrorists, causing the outrage of many on social media who on Sunday have said that if the occupiers were Black the scene would be completely different.

“Armed white terrorists have invaded and are currently occupying federal property,” U.S. Uncut reported, while criticizing mainstream media’s double standards.

“If you depend on the corporate media for your news, you may not have heard that 150 gun-toting militia are claiming U.S. government property for themselves,” U.S. Uncut added.

“Social media users observing the media’s response to the armed takeover of a federal building by right-wing militia over the weekend are pointing out obvious double standards in how the media is treating white, right-wing militia members compared to Black protesters,” they added.

The New Civil Rights Movement reported on their website that, “Many on social media are calling the occupiers domestic terrorists and believe if they were Black the scene would be a lot different.”

A group of armed extremists, including three of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s sons, occupied the headquarters of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon Saturday night in a standoff to protest the imprisonment of two Oregon ranchers accused of arson.

“We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” Ammon Bundy, one of the occupiers, who refer to themselves as “militiamen,” told the Oregonian.

The occupation came after several hundred demonstrators marched through Burns, Oregon, to protest against the pending imprisonment of father and son Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who a federal court decided must return to prison after their time served for setting fires on public land to protect their property from wildfires was deemed insufficient.

The Pendleton, Oregon jury found the Hammonds guilty of the arsons in June 2012 of on lands managed by the BLM, which they used for summer grazing and then refused to pay the fees.

Supporters of the Hammond family believe they were treated unconstitutionally because both Hammonds were convicted of arson under a provision of an expansive federal law punishing terrorism.

From inside the federal building, Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan Bundy, said they would not rule out violence if police tried to remove them from the property.

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