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Roadside protest against cattle roundup continues to grow

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Roadside protest against cattle roundup continues to grow

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Apr 10, 2014

Bunkerville, NV (KTNV) -- A roadside protest against a major government cattle roundup, is growing by the day. But protesters said it has a deeper meaning.

"It's not about cows, it's about freedom," said Yonna Winget, Utah resident.

Freedom to use public land the way they want. Winget is one of hundreds of people standing in solidarity with rancher Cliven Bundy. His cows have been grazing on the land for decades.

"This will be the end of ranching in Clark County if they get away with what they are attempting," said Richard Jensen, Mesquite resident.

The Bureau of Land Management is removing hundreds of cattle. But Bundy's son, Ammon, told the crowd they don't know why now.

"Someone is really motivated to take this land away," said Ammon.

The Bundy Ranch is located a few miles from where the demonstration is taking place. The cattle roundup is happening all along the river bed, where the cattle graze.

Some protesters have driven from out of state to see what's going on.

While the demonstration looked peaceful on Thursday, there were clashes earlier between the protesters and the BLM, which turned violent.

In cellphone video from Wednesday, some demonstrators were taken down with tasers, including Ammon Bundy.

"We want a peaceful protest, but we also want our voices heard," said Chrisie Marshall Bundy, Cliven Bundy's sister.

According to the BLM, two protesters were detained, cited and and then released on Thursday on Overton Beach Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Victoria Spilabotte

Victoria Spilabotte

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Victoria Spilabotte is the weekend anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas, as well as a general assignment reporter.