BURNS, OR -- Two militants from Arizona took to social media to recruit supporters to join them, outside of Burns. In the one-minute video, Jon Ritzheimer says more people are needed. "We’re in my truck right now, parked right outside the refuge, here. Look, this place is swarmed with media, so pretty much all the way up to the gate is pretty packed; there’s still plenty of parking on the outside, so don’t feel like you can’t get in. There’s no roadblocks."
He went on to say, "We need you to get here and stand with us, that’s what we need more than anything; that’s what’s going to prevent any bloodshed, the more people that get here. Whether you’re armed or unarmed, you get up here. We don’t want bloodshed, we all want to make it home to our families, and I believe they want that on the other side, as well." Ritzheimer calls for armed and unarmed supporters to help them occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Militia leader Ammon Bundy calls this a peaceful protest in support of Dwight and Steve Hammond, who have been ordered to report back to prison today. The father and son were convicted in 2012 of setting fire to BLM land adjacent to their Harney County ranch.