Federal agents erected fenced off areas for protesters. When protesters demanded to see what the BLM was using dump trucks and backhoes for, BLM agents turned violent. Peaceful proesters were tased, body slammed, bitten by dogs, and trampled on.
The BLM is seizing 300 cattle from a family owned ranched under the guise of protecting an endangered tortoise. The BLM euthanized over 800 of the same tortoises itself last year. The governor of Nevada has defended the ranch and says they have a legal right to graze their cattle on the land.
The BLM has brought dump trucks and backhoes to the ranch to potentially kill and bury the cattle.
Presently 85% of the entire state of Nevada is under Federal government. The people of Nevada are being denied the right to graze cattle, drill wells, or mine for raw materials unless Federal agencies grant them permission.
The ranch in question has been owned by the same family since the 1870s. The property is potentially valuable real estate because of underground water sources, potential for valuable minerals, and proximity to major roads and existing pipelines. Critics say the Federal government is in the middle of a massive land grab to place natural resources under Federal control.
The BLM controls much of the American west. This land contains untold trillions in gold, uranium, rare earth magnets, oil, natural gas, underground fresh water, and more. By keeping the land under Federal government, the Federal government use mining rights as a reward for political allies and punish political enemies.
A Piute County, Utah commissioner says that Tim Collins, a Clark County, NV commissioner, told him the protesters are “inbred bastards” who should prepare to be killed.
Tim Collins says he was just trying to discourage people from coming to the protest armed. Social media has exploded with claims of armed militia arriving at the protest. So far there is no evidence of any armed militia. The Southern Nevada Militia has encouraged members to attend the protest/vigil, but not in the capacity of a militia.
The BLM has a standing army of Federal agents with sniper rifles and machine guns at the property. They have already attacked protesters with dogs and tasers.
Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins has caused outrage by remarking that Utahns planning to travel to Nevada to support Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the feds “better have funeral plans”.The comments were revealed by Darin Bushman, a Piute County, Utah, commissioner after he spoke with Collins about Utah ranchers and his colleagues on the County Commission complaining about tactics used by Bureau of Land Management agents during their seizure of Bundy’s cattle in southern Nevada.“I was just told by commissioner Collins of Clark County NV that all of us folks from Utah are a bunch of “inbred bastards” and if we are coming to Clark County NV to support Cliven Bundy we all “better have funeral plans”. We should “turn our asses around on mind our own f-ing business”. Now there’s some classy leadership for you,” wrote Bushman on his official Facebook page.After the story was picked up by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Bushman responded to the controversy by posting on Facebook, “I guess I’ve made an enemy in Las Vegas.” The commissioner also lambasted Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie as being, “too spineless to exercise his Jurisdiction”. Earlier this week, Cliven Bundy called on Sheriff Gillespie to start arresting BLM feds on charges of trespassing and theft.
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