Bundy repeats call for occupiers to leave; reports that power, internet are out at refuge

A road sign marks a highway closed near Burns, Ore., near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Authorities were restricting access to the refuge following the arrests of leaders of an armed group who had been occupying the site to protest federal land policies. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

BURNS, Ore. - Four militia members remain in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as the armed occupation in Southeastern Oregon is entering its second month. The group's leader, Ammon Bundy, has repeatedly asked them to surrender.

The standoff started Jan. 2 when Bundy and several others upset over federal land-use policy took over the refuge.

Reports now say the four holdouts are without power, internet and cell phones. Our crews in the nearby town of Burns have been hearing that the FBI has shut those capabilities down.

The FBI has not confirmed those reports.

The group is known for constant online updates, and the social media and live streams have gone silent over the weekend. KATU News has tried to contact the four remaining occupiers at the refuge, however our reporters only received busy signals.

Any lack of power would also be met with below-freezing temperatures.

The three men and one woman who remain at the refuge have repeatedly said they'd only leave if they can escape arrest and prosecution.

Dozens of protesters met at the Harney County Courthouse on Saturday, and another round of protests are set for Monday. Militia supporters and opponents are both expected to be in attendance at Monday's protest.

Many locals say the militia members are not respecting the opinions of the community.

"You know, people from out of town have come here and have been part of these organizations coming here saying they're supporting our freedoms, but anyone that speaks out against them or thinks differently it's shut up, you're a this or a that," said Tony Anteencio.

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