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Environmentalist Decries Oregon Standoff Verdict

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An environmentalist says the acquittal of the leaders of an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge will embolden extremists.

Ammon Bundy and six others were found not guilty Thursday of conspiracy and possession of firearms at the Oregon federal facility.

Kieran Suckling, executive director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the verdict was disturbing for people who care about public lands, the rights of native people and "a political system that refuses to be bullied by violence and racism."

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Suckling said Bundy and his followers were radicals who want to take over public lands.