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    Members of an armed anti-government militia, monitor the entrance to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon.

    Two Activists Raise $60,000 in Campaign to End Oregon Militia Standoff

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    Protests in the US state of Oregon against the armed occupation of a wilderness refuge are being funded by an organization called “Getting Occupies of Historic Oregon Malheur Evicted,” or GOHOME, which has raised $60,000 since Sunday, the organization’s founder Zach Klonoski told Sputnik on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — With his brother Jake, Zach Klonoski founded on Sunday Getting Occupies of Historic Oregon Malheur Evicted, which consists of a single website.

    “With our campaign, every day the amount is building up,” Klonoski said in an interview with Sputnik.

    Klonoski said all of the money they collect will be equally divided among four groups: the Northern Paiute Indian tribe, Friends of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center and the gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions.

    On January 2, the militia group Citizens for Constitutional Freedom occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, protesting US government policy that limits grazing on federally owned lands. They were also protesting the jailing of two farmers who had been charged with arson.

    Cattle ranchers in Oregon and state Republican officials have expressed solidarity with the occupiers’ goals of winning state and local control of the refuge, but have distanced themselves from the armed protest.

    As the standoff continues, anti-occupation protests have mushroomed throughout Oregon, calling on the authorities to evict the militia group.

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