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Occupiers Continue to Leave Oregon Refuge

A checkpoint near the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in the area of Burns, Oregon.

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Several armed occupiers at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday as protest leader Ammon Bundy—who was taken into custody on Tuesday—urged them to stand down, reports say. From CNN:

Eight people left the refuge on Wednesday. Three of them were arrested, including one of the new leaders of the group, Jason Patrick … “All were in contact with the FBI, and each chose to turn himself into agents at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge,” an FBI statement said. “The arrests were without incident.”

Eight protesters were arrested Tuesday (including one who turned himself in in Arizona). The Oregonian reported Wednesday night that about 10 protesters remained at the refuge, though that number appears to have included Patrick.

The occupation began on Jan. 2 following a nearby protest against the imprisonment of two ranchers.

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the Oregon standoff.