Final Oregon protester surrenders after 41 days
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The last of the remaining armed activists occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge has surrendered, bringing an end to their 41-day standoff with local and federal authorities.

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Three of the four surrendered within a few minutes of each other shortly after 9:30 a.m., while the fourth initially refused, according to reports.

The final holdout, David Fry of Ohio, peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody by the FBI several hours later, after airing a rambling list of grievances and threatening to commit suicide.

Negotiations over the surrenders were mediated by the Rev. Franklin Graham and Nevada state assemblywoman Michelle Fiore and were broadcast over a live stream set up by the activists.

“I’m actually feeling suicidal right now,” Fry said over the livestream. “I have to stand my ground. It’s liberty or death. I will not go another day as a slave to this system.”

“I declare war against the federal government,” he added a few minutes later. “I’ve peacefully voted and nothing is ever done.”

The occupation appeared to be coming to an end in January when 11 of its leaders venturing outside of the refuge were arrested and an activist spokesman, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was killed.

The movement began Jan. 2 when approximately 300 armed occupiers, led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural Burns to protest the government's punishment of allies of theirs for arson on federal land. The protest expanded to opposition to federal land ownership generally and drew supporters from around the country.

The Bundys' father, Cliven Bundy, had become a major figure in anti-government protests over his opposition to grazing fees for his Nevada cattle. The elder Bundy was himself arrested Wednesday on his way to the refuge protest.

The Obama administration had sought to keep the issue at arm's length, referring to it as "a local law enforcement matter" despite the involvement of federal agencies.

Republican candidates for the White House had called on the protesters to disarm, saying the law must be obeyed.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE (R-Texas) called for the occupiers to “stand down,” arguing “we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence on others.”

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump must send Russia powerful message through tougher actions McCain, Coons immigration bill sparks Trump backlash Taking a strong stance to protect election integrity MORE (R-Fla.) said the activists “should be prosecuted” but added the federal government did not have to resort to violence to resolve the issue.

GOP primary front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE said, as president, he would have called the leaders of the group and negotiated a resolution.

“I think what I’d do, as president, is I would make a phone call to whoever, to the group,” he said in January. “I’d talk to the leader. I would take to him and I would say, ‘You gotta get out — come see me, but you gotta get out.'”