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This article comes from WND.com.
A guide leading a tour group caught inside Yellowstone National Park when Senate President Harry Reid rejected compromise efforts from the U.S. House on a funding plan and the parts of the federal government closed down a week ago said the National Park Service used “Gestapo tactics” on the visitors.
Gordon Hodgson spoke in a telephone interview with the Livinston, Mont., Enterprise about the 41 tourists he took into the nation’s first national park, in the northwest corner of Wyoming, on a trip scheduled before the shutdown.
He said the group then was threatened with trespassing charges.
“The national parks belong to the people,” he said. “This isn’t right.”
Park spokesman Al Nash defended the actions in an interview with the Enterprise.
“We don’t have staff on duty to deal with any ordinary operational issues,” he said. When the park is closed, everything is closed, he said.
“All we could do was eat dinner in the dining room. It was like a ghost town,” Hodgson said.
One member of the group, Pat Vaillancourt, of Newburyport, Mass., told her local newspaper, the Newburyport News, that even while they were allowed to stay in the Old Faithful area, they were watched.
There were barricades around Old Faithful, and the seniors on the tour were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door, she reported.
“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed,” she told the newspaper. “They told us you can’t go outside. … Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”
Vaillancourt affirmed the guide’s description of the confrontation with the ranger.
Vaillancourt described how the armed ranger confronted the tourists and ordered them back into their bus, saying they couldn’t “recreate.”
The guide, who had paid a $300 fee to bring the group into the park, said they weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.
“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt told her newspaper.
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