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The armed protesters who are occupying a national wildlife reserve in Oregon spoke out at a news conference this afternoon.

Ammon Bundy, a son of Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a standoff of his own against the federal government in 2014, spoke on behalf of the protesters, saying the group is calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.

The militia members occupied a federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, in protest to what they see as "abuses" by federal agencies against local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond.

FoxNews.com reported:

The Hammonds were convicted of arson three years ago for fires that burned on federal land in 2001 and 2006. Though they served their original sentences for the conviction -- Dwight serving three months, Steven serving one year -- an appellate judge ruled in October that the terms were too short under federal minimum sentencing laws.

The Hammonds were ordered back to prison for four years each. They said they planned to turn themselves in Monday.

"Dwight and Steven Hammond respect the rule of law. They have litigated this matter within the federal courts for over five years and, in every instance, have followed the order of the court without incident or violation," the Hammonds' attorneys said.

Ammon Bundy accused federal officials of launching an "attack" on the Hammonds for refusing to sell their land. The protesters took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns on Saturday after participating in a peaceful rally.

Bundy said his group loves the country and seeks to restore Constitutional freedom. 

He said the Hammonds are being prosecuted "for actions that ranchers have done for over 100 years" in the area and locals are being placed under "duress" by the federal government's actions.

FBI officials have called for a "peaceful resolution" to the standoff.

Watch Ammon Bundy's remarks above.


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