Davidian Survivors Mark 20th Anniversary of Siege

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WACO, Texas (AP) - Dozens have gathered to remember the siege on the Branch Davidians' Texas compound on the 20th anniversary of the 51-day standoff's fiery end.

Survivors and others who see the events as an unwarranted government intrusion into personal and religious freedoms are attending a Friday memorial service at a Waco museum. One survivor read the names of the nearly 80 sect members who died on April 19, 1993.

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Federal agents raided the compound Feb. 28, 1993, trying to arrest sect leader David Koresh for stockpiling illegal weapons. But the group had been tipped off about the raid and a shootout ensued. Four agents and six Davidians were killed.

Several women and children left the compound during the standoff, which ended after tear gas was fired inside and it burned.

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