Reno Protest of Bundy, Heller

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A small group of demonstrators staged a protest of southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada on Friday outside the federal courthouse in Reno.

The protesters criticized Heller’s description of Bundy and his supporters as “patriots” and Bundy’s suggestion that “the Negro” might have been better off during slavery rather than on government welfare.

A black man waved a placard reading, “Just Wondering About Slavery? Ask me, Bundy. I’ll Be Glad to Tell You How We Feel.”

Other protesters held placards reading, “Aiming Guns at Cops is Not Patriotic” and “Senator Heller: Bundy is Not a ‘Patriot’! We Are a Nation of Laws Not Guns.”

Bundy and his armed supporters thwarted an attempt by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management two weeks ago to seize his family’s cattle over his failure to pay $1.1 million in fees and penalties for use of government land over the past 20 years.


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