Walden says land rights protests need not be violent

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon (left), and House Speaker Paul Ryan answer questions from the news media Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 during a tour of Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon. (KATU Photo)

While touring Intel with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, was asked about the land rights debate here in the West and whether armed protests like the one at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge should be allowed.

“However these protests take place, they need not be armed, they need not be violent, they need not be vile,” he said.

The protest in Harney County led to the arrests of 27 people, including the group's leader Ammon Bundy.

But last fall, a jury found Bundy and six others not guilty. And just this week, four men involved in the standoff at the Nevada ranch of Bundy's father were also acquitted.

Ryan was in town for an evening fundraiser for Walden and U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican who represents southwest Washington.

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