A group of militiamen on Saturday occupied the headquarters of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon in support of two brothers who are slated to report to prison on Monday on arson charges, the Oregonian newspaper reported.
The small group of armed men occupied the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, on Saturday.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the men were apparently led by Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a highly-publicized standoff with the federal government in Nevada over grazing rights.
The day started off with a protest. Militia members marched in support of Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven Hammond, two ranchers who were convicted of setting federal lands on fire.
Bundy said that the men were prepared to “stay as long as it takes.” He said he wanted to federal government to end the restrictions it has placed on some federal lands.
“All comfort, all wealth comes from the Earth and we can not have the government restricting the use of that to the point where it puts us in poverty,” Bundy said.