Above photo: Martha Hubert being handcuffed. Photo by John Amadon.
7 ARRESTED PROTESTING DRONES FRIDAY AT CREECH AFB NEAR LAS VEGAS; Tried to deliver letter, strings of paper drones to base commander urging peace.
CREECH AFB, Nevada – After a week of protests, seven anti-drone activists from throughout the country were arrested here early Friday at Creech Air Force Base front gate as they attempted to deliver a letter to the base commander asking for an end to drones.
The seven women also had strings of small paper drone replicas, each representing – by name – innocent victims, including children, of the Obama drone warfare program.
Other protests during the week included a simulated “Drone Attack on a Wedding Party”; “A Funeral Procession,” with white masks, coffins and a giant Mourning Mother puppet; “ONE NATION UNDER SURVEILLANCE” (illegal spying, domestic & foreign); “Call Congress Day for Drone Transparency,” and “Celebrate Whistleblowers.”
This avant-garde convergence will be the seventh such gathering since 2009, when the San Francisco Code Pink chapter held their its drone protest at Creech AFB. Activists are traveling this week from as far away as Washington State, NY, SF and Phoenix, to converge in a united front against the remotely controlled targeted killing program run by the CIA and U.S. military.
“We are compelled to voice our outrage over this secret and illegal institutionalized assassination program that has killed thousands of people,” said Toby Blomé, organizer, and one of those arrested. “The murderous rampage of our military paid for by our taxes is totally unacceptable. We refuse to be complicit,” says Martha Hubert, co-organizer.