Protesters and militias swarming into Nevada are being arrested as a rancher wages war against federal agents he says are trying to take both his cattle and his land.
At least three people have been arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle from land rancher Cliven Bundy, of Bunkerville, says has been in his family since the 1870s – the government claims it is federal land Bundy is using illegally.
Armed private militias have even joined the family in its fight against the government, according to 8 News Now. A spokesperson for one of the militias claimed he ‘isn’t afraid to shoot.’
Margaret Houston, Cliven Bundy’s sister and a cancer survivor, told those gathered Wednesday at a town hall meeting that the scene ‘was like a war zone, I felt like I was not in the United States.’
‘Serious bloodshed was narrowly avoided,’ the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, as dogs were also socked on a pregnant woman and the rancher’s son was shot with a taser, witnesses said.
Armed agents from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) descended on the disputed land Tuesday in a marked ramp-up from two decades of court battles, the violent protests have seen at least three arrests, the station reported.
Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, has been battling the BLM since 1993 when he refused to pay for the right to graze on the 600,000-acre Gold Butte land.
The arrests were made at nearby Overton Marina, where cattle moved off the land are being held by BLM agents, according to the station.
Clashes erupted soon after the armed agents began trying to impose their will on the protesters.
Video emerged Wednesday of Ammon Bundy, the rancher’s son, being tased multiple times by authorities to the point his shirt was soaked in blood.
Houston claimed during that town hall meeting that an agent threw her to the ground.
‘All of a sudden I get hit from the back, it was like a football tackle,’ she said. ‘They took me and just threw me down to the ground.’
She was not hurt in the incident, but said she was ‘shocked that somebody would actually do this.’