The new lighted sign changes from “Road Closed” to “No Unlawful Entry” to “Subject To Arrest.”
It’s the latest indication that the coalition of law enforcement guarding the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have no interest in additional militia members, media or curious members of the public getting within five miles of the headquarters.
Reporters looking into the closed-off area from a nearby hill could observe what looked like multiple roadblocks along the road to the refuge headquarters. There was no obvious sign of the four people believed to be mostly camping within the refuge. The only movement to or from the headquarters appeared to be law enforcement vehicles.
People in the nearby city of Burns mostly express a desire for the remaining occupiers to leave, and to do so peacefully. In recent weeks, protesters in support of the militants’ message have clashed with environmental groups eager to have the refuge returned to federal control.