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Rosa Parks Twitter Message Purportedly From Oregon Militia Leader a Hoax

Ammon Bundy speaks at a news conference at the entrance to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon January 5, 2016.
Rob Kerr—AFP/Getty Images Ammon Bundy speaks at a news conference at the entrance to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon January 5, 2016.

The message sparked outrage

A Twitter message purportedly from the leader of an armed anti-government militia that compared the group to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is a hoax.

The tweet came from the account @Ammon_Bundy, which claims to belong to Ammon Bundy, who is leading the occupation of a national wildlife preserve in Oregon. But the user later indicated on Twitter that they are not Bundy.

That came after Bundy’s brother Ryan told the New York Daily News that the account is a hoax. “Ammon does not have a Twitter account, so, yes, someone is masquerading as him,” Ryan Bundy said. And a Twitter spokesman pointed to a story on Gizmodo about the account being fake when asked to explain why the account was briefly suspended.

The tweet claiming to be Bundy said that, like Parks, he is standing up against “bad laws.” The occupation has centered on regulation of federal lands.

The tweet drew widespread condemnation from readers on social media and coverage in media outlets, including TIME.

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