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The social media giant has waded into the waters of the hotly contested issue of this Nevada rancher’s take over of federal buildings in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
As of today, Twitter has suspended the account of Citizens for Constitutional Freedom’s leader, 40 year old Ammon Bundy.
The take over began as a protest to the arrests of Dwight and Steven Hammond, whom are currently serving 5 year sentences for arson on their own property – setting fires, they said, to stop the growth of invasive plants and prevent further wild fires.
The fire got out of control and authorities claim it was done to cover up poaching activities. Bundy claims this is retribution of the Hammond’s not selling their land and highlighting the tyranny found in the federal take over of lands.
Bundy claims his organization is ready to hold the buildings and refuge until the government begins to give the land back to the people.
Twitter accounts are suspended if they are found to be spam, hacked, abusive or threatening to others. It’s unclear how Bundy’s account was any of the above.
His last tweet before suspension read:
The protest will end when the Hammonds are freed and the federal government gives up control of the Malheur National Forest.
Read more at USA Today:
The Twitter social media site on Tuesday suspended the account of Ammon Bundy, the Nevada rancher who is leading a group of armed men occupying federal buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
Bundy, 40, has told news organizations that the issue is over land rights and the group of men who have taken over the site are calling themselves Citizens for Constitutional Freedom. He and the others are demanding the release of father and son Dwight and Steven Hammond from federal prison in an arson case. The Hammonds turned themselves in Monday to begin serving a five-year conviction.
The standoff started as a protest on Saturday against the imprisonment of the Hammonds, who have said they started a fire at their ranch to prevent wildfires, and also to stem the growth of invasive plants. The fire got out of control, the Hammonds have said.
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