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April 12, 2014

HELLER CALLS FOR CALM IN WAKE OF BLM STANDDOWN

Senator Urges Protesters, Militia Groups to Return Home, Allow Feds to Leave Peacefully

(Las Vegas, NV) – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) is urging protesters and militia groups who have gathered in support of Cliven Bundy to return to their homes and allow Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials to gather their equipment and leave the area.  The BLM has announced it is standing down, and halting the roundup of Bundy’s cattle, which led to the standoff near Bunkerville.

“The dispute is over, the BLM is leaving, but emotions and tensions are still near the boiling point, and we desperately need a peaceful conclusion to this conflict,” Heller said.  “I urge all the people involved to please return to your homes and allow the BLM officers to collect their equipment and depart without interference.”

Senator Heller also asked that those who have traveled to Nevada from other states in support of Bundy return home as well.

“We are very close to a calm, peaceful resolution but it only takes the action of one individual to stir things up again and bring us back to the brink of violence and no one wants to see that happen,” Heller said.  “I want to offer my deepest thanks to all those who are urging calm and diligently working to avoid any sort of violent confrontation at the conclusion of this episode.  Again, please return home and allow the federal officers to collect their equipment and depart in peace.”

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