Cliven Bundy Son, Militia Take Over Fed Building

Ryan Bundy talks on the phone at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns Ore. Sunday. Bundy is one of the protesters occupying the refuge to object to a prison sentence for local ranchers for burning federal land

The building was unoccupied by employees due to holiday break.

A group of militia members have occupied a federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

The story is now titled: "Militia members occupy US building in OR after protest".

Mr Bundy posted a video on his Facebook page asking for people to come help him.

"There's been leaders of different militia groups, different organizations that have called for a stand-down and I am wanting to talk to the individual, to the patriot, that this is not a time to stand down". The federal government, Bundy said, has no right over these lands unless the states cede those rights to them.

Numerous marchers later congregated at the Harney County Fairgrounds, before some diverted to the wildlife refuge.

The father served three months and the son one year.

The decision to rearrest the Hammonds has generated controversy in a remote part of the state.

He said the government's "taking of people's land and resources" is leaving people in poverty, adding that the wildlife refuge "has been a tool in doing that".

"We're prepared to be out here for as long as needs be", Bundy said in the video posted on Facebook. "This is not a time to stand down, this is a time to stand up", he said.

"The best possible outcome is that the ranchers that have been kicked out of the area ... will come back and reclaim their land, and the wildlife refuge will be shut down forever", said Ryan Bundy, The Oregonian said.

The father and son were ordered returned to prison by a federal court which ruled their original sentences were insufficient.

Local police said "outside militants" had seized the building, and that multiple agencies were working on a solution, the Oregonian reported.

The day started out with a peaceful protest in Burns, support of an eastern OR ranching family facing jail time for arson. Both men were convicted three years ago. NBC News was unable to reach local officials for further comment.

Asked by a reporter how many militia members were at the headquarters, Ammon Bundy said: "I will not disclose - operational security". A peaceful rally Saturday in support of the Hammonds featured speeches, flags and marching. Their message: civilians were buying back their government. After the march passed, two girls swooped in to scavenge the coins.

Some 300 people marched through the town to protest against the prosecution of the Hammonds.

The hashtag #OregonUnderAttack is trending with 125,000 tweets since the ranchers first arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday night.

How did this situation begin?

Organizers, who include Ammon Bundy and two other sons of a Nevada rancher who battled the government in 2014, are calling on reinforcements from around the country and say they will defend themselves.

The Hammonds were accused of arson after a prescribed burn on their land got out of hand in 2001, burning 127 acres.

In an email to supporters, Ammon Bundy criticized the US government for a failed legal process.

"The Refuge represents a crucial stop along the Pacific Flyway and offers resting, breeding, and nesting habitat for hundreds of migratory birds and other wildlife", a statement on the site says.

Yet it is unclear to what extent the local people in OR welcome the presence of the Bundys.

However, the Hammonds' lawyer revealed that the Bundy's help was not welcome.Hammonds' lawyer revealed that the Bundy's help was not welcome.

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