Showdown at Nevada Cattle Ranch

Federal agents clash with armed protesters over a rancher's 20-year tax fight.
2:13 | 04/12/14

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Now, to the new videotape of a real wild west showdown. Federal agents clashing with protesters, some from armed militia groups, who are arriving from all over the country, to support a rancher in Nevada, whose 20-year tax fight with the government is now coming to a real boil. ABC's John muller is on the story. This videotape is really intense. Pretty intense stuff. You can call it near high noontime. Protesters see it as a freedom fight. The feds say it's about unpaid grazing fees and trespassing. The situation, very tense. Armed with tasers and dogs, federal agents from the bureau of land management clash with protesters. It's a turf war that's been brewing for years. Finally boiling over and caught on this cell phone video Wednesday. The bureau of land management confirmed that two protesters were detained Wednesday and another one arrested just days before. All have been released. I just saw federal agents throw my aunt on the ground. Reporter: On the surface, it's all about cows. The bureau of land management is removing cattle owned by rancher Clive Bundy because they say he, quote, owes the American people in excess of $1 million and refuses to abide by the law of the land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so. Bundy claims state's rights. Saying his cattle have grazed here for decades. I have no contract with the United States governments. I pay grazing fees. That's what blm is supposed to be. It's land managers. So, I refuse to pay. Reporter: The bad blood has sparked a roadside movement that's growing by day and night. With people well beyond Nevada driving for hours to join in. Bonding by campfires. They say they're fighting for something way bigger than cows. It's about the freedom of America. We the people, we have to stand up. We have to stand up and fight. Reporter: Now, the bureau of land management maintains this is a matter of fairness. They say thousands of law-abiding ranchers pay their grazing fees every year. As for protest leaders, they have urged protesters not to wear camouflage and to keep weapons they bring inside their vehicles.

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