New Yorkers Against Drones

 
Let's hear it for the Hancock 37, arrested on Friday at the National Guard Air Base in Syracuse, during a die-in against the war and the Reaper Drones.

Links below.



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 http://upstatedroneaction.peaceworksrochester.org/
"Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars"


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Link to 9 photos:

 http://photos.syracuse.com/4456/gallery/demonstraors_protest_miltary_use_of_drone_airplanes_outside_the_air_national_gaurd_base_at_hancock/index.html


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 http://www.9wsyr.com/mostpopular/story/37-anti-drone-protesters-arrested-near-Hancock/BtPwDH7mxkKEh8rJPRI7XA.cspx
ABC News Channel 9, April 23, 2011
37 anti-drone protesters arrested near Hancock Air Base

Excerpt: Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - 37 protesters were arrested at Syracuse's Hancock Air National Guard Base during a demonstration against the use of Reaper Drones. As many as 250 people were involved in the protest at the peak.

Draped in white cloths sprinkled with red dye to simulate blood, some of the protesters laid in the street at the base's main entrance to simulate the "collateral damage" victims of drone bombings. The group says the use of drones in bombing operations in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have a high rate of "collateral damage." They call that result a violation of human rights.

The group, organized by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, chose to protest outside Hancock Air Base because they say it has become an important player in the military's increasing use of the drones in warfare.



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 http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/23
Syracuse Post-Standard, April 23, 2011
37 Arrested at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse Protesting Use of Drones
by Dave Tobin

Excerpt: DEWITT, NY -- Dozens of war protesters were arrested Friday afternoon outside the main entrance of the New York Air National Guard’s base at Hancock Field.

Thirty seven protesters, draped with red-spattered sheets, had lain themselves in the main entrance roads to the base, off East Molloy Road. They were arrested by Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of trespassing and obstruction of justice.

They were handcuffed and, after a 45-minute wait, were led to a jail transport bus that was supposed to take them to the Onondaga County Justice Center for processing. Two were in wheel chairs.

The arrests followed a rally outside the air base where more than 150 people had gathered to protest the MQ-9 Reaper drones, and U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

Friday’s rally culminated a week of walks, talks and dinners that brought people from around New York State and the U.S., organized by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.

“Our real goal is to end the war,” said Kathy Kelly, a peace activist from Chicago.


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 http://presstvmobile.com/blog/2011/04/23/anti-drone-protesters-arrested-in-syracuse/
April 23, 2011
Anti-drone protesters arrested in Syracuse

37 protesters were arrested at Syracuse’s Hancock Air National Guard Base during a demonstration against the use of drones. As many as 250 people were involved in the protest at the peak.

Draped in white cloths sprinkled with red dye to simulate blood, some of the protesters laid in the street at the base’s main entrance to simulate the “collateral damage” victims of drone bombings. The group says the use of drones in bombing operations in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have a high rate of “collateral damage.” They call that a violation of human rights.

The group, organized by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, chose to protest outside Hancock Air Base because they say it has become an important player in the military’s increasing use of the drones in warfare.

“I’m part of this because I believe that war is never a good idea, but I believe that making it seem easy and remote makes it all the more dangerous — not only to the people who we’re dropping bombs on but also to the people who are choosing to drop the bombs,” protester Shelly Lovelace said.

“This has started as soon as people became aware of drones being piloted out of Hancock, and it will continue,” said protester Carol Eaum. “We will not relent. We started the day, we understood what was going on, and we have not relented and we will not stop.”

Formerly a fighter jet base, pilots stationed there now fly Reaper Drones remotely over Afghanistan. The base is also used to train mechanics, pilots and sensor operators.

The 37 protesters that were arrested had lain down in the roadway in front of the base entrance. Deputies told them to move because they were obstructing the entrance to the military base, but after they repeatedly refused the protesters were arrested for Obstruction of Governmental Administration and Disorderly Conduct.

The United States has been identified as the world’s No. 1 user of targeted killings — largely as a result of its dependence on unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The missile attacks are rarely acknowledged by Washington, and Pakistan officially considers them to be a violation of its sovereignty. Critics condemn the program as amounting to assassinations that violate international law. The Independent

President Barack Obama ordered his first drone strike against Pakistan just 72 hours after being sworn in as president.

The American drones carried out a record number of 124 attacks in the tribal areas of Pakistan in the 12 months of 2010, more than double the number of predator strikes conducted in the 12 months of 2009, killing 1,184 people, compared with 2009′s death toll of 760 in 53 such attacks.

According to Pakistani sources, the U.S. drone strikes kill some 50 civilians for every militant killed, a hit rate of 2 percent.

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