The BLM backs down in Nevada after an intense standoff involving large groups of protesters and militia members
By John Vibes
NEVADA (INTELLIHUB) — The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy.
The federal agency said that it was concerned for the safety of their workers. Not only did they back down and stop their operation, but they also offered to give the farmer back a portion of the money that is going to be earned when the cattle that have already been taken are sold.
Earlier in the week there were various violent scuffles, where innocent people were beaten and tased by police. In one instance, a pregnant woman was thrown to the ground by a BLM agent. When the brutal scenes went viral on YouTube, protesters and militia members from across the country began to travel to the area in support of the ranchers.
According to local news source 8 News Now, Sheriff Gillespie has been negotiating with Bundy behind the scenes for months and they finally reached an agreement on Friday night. According to the report, Bundy insisted the sheriff come to his ranch to finalize the arrangement face-to-face. The two men met Saturday to discuss the agreement prior to the BLM making a public statement.
“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,“ the statement read.
“After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” the statement continued. “We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.”