21st Century Wire
At 9:45am PST, Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, sharing the stage with rancher Cliven Bundy, addressed the crowd of protesters and announced that the official process has begun whereby the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) operations in and around the Bundy Ranch ‘will cease’, and the the Gold Butte area will be reopened to the public.
The potentially game-changing announcement came as total a surprise to the 2,000 strong crowd at Camp Bunkerville, many of whom were skeptical of the County Sheriff’s previously aloof stance on the BLM’s armed federal occupation and cattle rustling operation. The acknowledged that it was the first major victory for preserving local and states rights in the face of federal despotism.
Cliven Bundy also demanded that the Sheriff must agree to “disarming the park service rangers”, and that the arms and equipment, structures erected by the BLM must be “torn down immediately, within the hour”.
Crowds roared and cheered as Cliven Bundy left the stage, and minutes later a line of Bundy cowboys (see image below) could be seen riding their horses along the ridge above the crowds.
The impression given by Sheriff Gillespie is that the BLM will be ‘standing down’.
Now the focus will be on the BLM and federal government – to see if they will really withdraw in a timely manner, or they will actually comply with the conditions set forth by Cliven Bundy.
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