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Over 500 supporters attend a meeting of the separatist Republic of Texas’s “Provisional Government General Council.” (Southern Poverty Law Center 6/2001)

A five-day standoff between police and “Republic of Texas” common-law separatists ends, with one separatist killed in a gun battle with police officers. (Southern Poverty Law Center 6/2001)

White separatist Jason Leigh attempts to take over a Veterans Affairs (VA) office in Waco, Texas. Leigh, who crashes his vehicle into the office, is reported to have separatist views similar to the secessionist Republic of Texas; he is also obsessed with UFO conspiracy theories. He tells police that he is armed and carrying explosives. During the standoff, Leigh demands $1 million for an organization called “Save our Soldiers,” which apparently only consists of himself. Leigh eventually surrenders to police. (Anti-Defamation League 4/24/1998; Southern Poverty Law Center 6/2001)


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