After encouraging his remaining supporters to leave a federal facility, Oregon militant leader Ammon Bundy told state and federal authorities to do the same in an audio recording posted online on Thursday.
“Go home Oregon State Police. You have already killed enough,” Bundy says in the 90-second recording. “Go home FBI. It is time to end this.”
Bundy states in the recording that he is in solitary confinement and that he has only recently learned of his indictment. Bundy, along with his brother Ryan and several other allies, face felony charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers.
The group was denied bail last week after a judge ruled that the Bundy brothers, in particular, posed flight risks.
In the recording, Bundy states that actions like his group’s seizing of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are the result of “government officials ignoring the people.”
“Taking over the refuge was not only right, it was the duty of the people to do,” he says.
Bundy does not mention the four remaining militants still occupying the facility, whom he had encouraged to leave peacefully in past statements.
Listen to the recording, as posted on Thursday, below.