‘Government stole our water’: US farmers ready for standoff with feds in drought irrigation crisis, expect right-wing militia help | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

‘Government stole our water’: US farmers ready for standoff with feds in drought irrigation crisis, expect right-wing militia help

Outraged farmers threatened to disrupt a federal order to stop the flow of irrigation water from a lake amid a severe drought in the US state of Oregon. They warned that right-wing militias will back them in case of confrontation.

Farmers are protesting because they own the water in the Upper Klamath Lake, farmer Dan Nielsen told RT’s Ruptly video agency. He stood outside an American flag-colored tent that was set up next to the canal headgates, which control the flow of irrigation water from the lake.

“It’s ours and the federal government actually just stole it. No due process of law, no compensation,” Nielsen said, adding that federal officials had violated the locals’ property rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Protesters brought signs saying “Water for Farms” and “Open the Gates. No Water. No Food. No Life.”

They spoke about releasing the water themselves if the government does not back down. “If they don't budge… I think we’re just going to end up taking it,” Nielsen said. “It's the only way the government gets it.” In order to avoid confrontation, officials must let farmers use the water for their crops or purchase the land from the farmers, he said.

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