Members of an Idaho militia group arrived at an Oregon refuge on Friday as armed occupiers refused to leave the federal building outside Burns.
The “3% of Idaho” group’s members will “secure a perimeter” around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which has been occupied by an armed militia led by Ammon Bundy for seven days.
“They just keep an eye on everything that is going on” to make sure “nothing stupid happens,” Mr. Bundy said Friday, The Oregonianreported.
Mr. Bundy said if the Idaho group hadn’t showed up, “I’d worry” about a Waco-style siege by federal officers.
Brandon Curtiss, the president of the 3% of Idaho, would not reveal how many people his group was sending to Oregon. Some of the members who had already arrived at the bird sanctuary where carrying what appeared to be handguns on their hips, according to The Oregonian. Mr. Curtiss said he was also on his way to the refuge.
He did not give any specific information on what kind of perimeter his group was forming.
He said group was there to keep the situation “peaceful” by protecting the occupiers as well as the Harney County community from those who arrive in solidarity with Mr. Bundy’s cause by may be prone to violence.