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Ammon Bundy issues statement, pledges to 'continue to educate the American people'

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Ammon Bundy's attorney read a statement from Bundy in Portland on Thursday. Ammon Bundy's attorney read a statement from Bundy in Portland on Thursday.

Ammon Bundy, in jail facing federal charges following the weeks-long occupation of a rural Oregon wildlife refuge, released a statement through his attorney Thursday saying, "We will continue to educate the American people on the injustices that are taking place."

Bundy reiterated through his attorney that anyone still occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge should go home and not use physical force against law enforcement.

His attorney said Bundy fears further loss of life.

Group spokesman LaVoy Finicum was killed in Tuesday's conformation with law enforcement on Highway 395. Bundy, through his attorney, said Finicum put the needs and safety of others before himself.

"I mourn Lavoy's death," Bundy said in a statement, adding that he believes there is video of the shooting and "questions must be answered."

Bundy pledged to continue the fight against the federal government's land policies in court.

Bundy in his statement said his group has been described as "armed occupiers," but they were also armed with computers and projectors and had been reaching out to the people of Harney County and neighboring counties to help them "move towards freedom."

"We only had guns for our protection and never once pointed them at another individual," Bundy said in a statement.  

Bundy, along with six other people arrested in Oregon on Tuesday, appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats,

They are due back in court Friday for a detention hearing. Bundy's attorney Mike Arnold ended a brief press conference Thursday by saying, "We need to get to work to get Ammon released."

In all, eight protesters were arrested Tuesday, including one who turned himself in to authorities in Arizona. The FBI then set up a series of checkpoints around the refuge and said eight people have since left, with five of them released and three others arrested on federal charges.

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