Son of the infamous Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, speaks to CNN about the situation developing in Oregon (above). More information about the situation below.
CNN: What do you want from the government, do you want the sentences for the Hammonds reduced? Commuted? What ends this?
AMMON BUNDY: Well this isn't a standoff, we're not walking around with a bunch of guns.
CNN: Okay, the "occupation," we'll use that term, that's fair.
AMMON BUNDY: Basically, we want the government to abide by the Constitution, abide by the authorities which the people have given it, and to play by the rules, so people can live and prosper without fear, without being terrorized.
Ammon Bundy's full statement:
The group seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, located around 50 miles (80km) from Burns, after two of its members were scheduled to go to prison on Monday for accidentally setting fire to part of the nature preserve.
The occupation came shortly after an estimated 300 marchers — militia and local citizens both — paraded through Burns to protest the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are to report to prison on Monday.
Among the occupiers is Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and two of his brothers. Militia members at the refuge claimed they had as many as 100 supporters with them. The refuge, federal property managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was closed and unoccupied for the holiday weekend.
Here it is. Please know these men will speak to people civilly. Do not go up there guns blazing. Stay safe and smart.Posted by Sarah Dee Spurlock on Saturday, 2 January 2016
This is a video of one of the occupiers saying "good bye" to his family because he wants to "die a free man."
JON RITZHEIMER: This used to be one of the most thriving economies in the entire state, back in the 80s. I'm here parked next to a mill, what has happened, the federal government has come in, an oppressing force, some kids go off to college and get their degree, kids that have never had their hands dirty, and now they get these jobs at the BLM, they're gonna tell these ranchers, these people who are more in tune with the ground and the earth out here, they're going to tell them how to run their show? Their ranch? How many head of cattle they can have, where they can go and can't go, On their own damn land? That is tyranny.