Cliven Bundy — the father of arrested Oregon “militia” leader Ammon Bundy — is calling for the four remaining armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon to continue their siege.
“We the People of Harney County and also We the People of the citizens of the United States DO GIVE NOTICE THAT WE WILL RETAIN POSSESSION OF THE HARNEY COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER,” he wrote to Harney County Sheriff David Wardin a notarized letter from Nevada, per Oregon Public Radio. OPR confirmed the authenticity of the letter Monday with a source at Cliven’s Nevada ranch.
He continued: “Remove all federal and state policing agents out of Harney County. Place a Harney County sheriff guard post at the entrance road of the Harney County Resource Center stopping all from entering or exiting, for a time.”
Ammon and his legal team have called for the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, to end the occupation.
“I have asked those people at the refuge to go home,” Ammon told a federal judge in court Friday, per Oregon Public Radio. “This was never about an armed standoff.”
The remaining occupiers, among them a man named David Fry who has been posting videos to YouTube, are demanding pardons and assurances they won’t be arrested, the Associated Press reported.
Last week, the elder Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the arrest of his sons Ammon and Ryan “will be a wake-up call to America.” His sons were with the group that was pulled over and involved in a shooting with federal agents January 26, leading to the death of “militia” member Robert “Lavoy” Finicum.
“This is a total disaster to be happening in America,” Cliven said. “We have, I’m guessing, federal people killing innocent people. I’ll tell you one thing, my sons and those who were there were there to do good, no harm was intended, they would never threaten anybody, they was trying to teach people about the Constitution and trying to help the Hammond family, trying to make sure this type of abuse didn’t happen in America and yet, it did.”
Ammon is appealing his detention in federal court Tuesday after a judge last week denied bail to him and his brother under the rationale that they both posed a flight risk and are an active danger, per the AP.
The standoff in Oregon began January 2 when an armed group led by Ammon took control of the refuge to protest the sentences of two men who set fire to federal land, Dwight and Steven Hammond.
Cliven made national headlines for a similar standoff with federal officials in Nevada during 2014.