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Bundy: takeover of refuge was 'the duty of the people'

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EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -

The voice of Ammon Bundy has been heard by the public for the first time since his arrests at a traffic stop outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge over a week ago.

While Bundy is currently in solitary confinement at Multnomah County Jail, his attorney's released a recorded statement their client made Thursday morning after learning he had been indicted.

Bundy, along with 13 other occupiers of the refuge, were formally charged with conspiracy and coercion.

The takeover of the facility has now pushed into its second month, and four armed occupiers remain at the refuge, despite Bundy’s calls last week for them to stand down.

In the recording made from jail, Bundy stands by the occupation of the refuge as, “not only right, it was the duty of the people to do.”

“I ask the question, what are a people to do? This is what you get when government officials ignore the people. We exhausted all prudent measures to get the government officials to investigate the abuses to the Hammond family."

"Tens of thousands of people understood that injustices were taking place by government officials, and their petitions were ignored."

"The results of government off ignoring the people are acts like the take-over of the Malheur Refuge. Taking over the refuge was not only right, it was the duty of the people to do. When government officials are acting in contrary to the people, they must not get away with it."

"The takeover of the Malheur refuge was a needed action to show government officials that the people will not be complacent when they prosecute and bully good families like the Hammonds."

Unlike the earlier messages released through his lawyers, Bundy did not directly address the protesters still at the refuge, but did request that law enforcement officials be the ones to leave, claiming they “have already killed enough.”

“Government officials chose to end our education efforts with attacks of force and it appears they intend to do it again."

"Go home Oregon State Police, you have already killed enough."

"Go home FBI. It is time to end this.”

Bundy's lawyers said that he does plan to take his fight to court, and that "thousands of dollars" had been raised for his legal defense fund, which shows a stated goal of generating $100,000.

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