A rancher who led an armed occupation of federal land in Oregon in 2016 has been arrested during protests in Idaho against Covid-19 restrictions.
Rancher Ammon Bundy was arrested Tuesday for refusing to leave the Idaho State Capitol in Boise during a special session of the legislature.
“One of the three individuals arrested, Ammon Bundy of Emmett, Idaho, refused to stand,” said Lynn Hightower of the Idaho State Police, which is responsible for Capitol security. “He was placed in handcuffs and removed from the statehouse still in the rolling chair where he was seated.”
Hightower says all three of the people arrested Tuesday evening will be charged with trespassing. CNN affiliate KBOI reports that Bundy and other protesters have demanded gallery seats during the special session that began Monday, despite efforts to limit crowd sizes due to the pandemic. They are demanding an end to the state of emergency declared by Republican Gov. Brad Little.
Despite getting in tussles with troopers and breaking a glass door, no protesters were arrested on Monday.
“The situation outside the House Chambers Monday broke out in a matter of moments,” said Hightower. “Troopers acted in such a way as to ensure the important business of the legislature could continue under these extraordinary circumstances.”
Bundy has been a prominent critic of restrictions during the pandemic, including organizing an Easter Sunday service that violated a statewide order on mass gatherings. He was not cited for the event.