Organizers pledge to return twice yearly until Drone Killing Operations are Shut Down.
A 5 day anti-drone protest at Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada, last week culminated in a massive blockade on Friday of the 2 gates leading into the base, repeatedly blocking traffic for an extended time during the early morning commute. Over 150 activists from at least 18 states participated. 34 were arrested and charged with trespassing or blocking the roadway into Creech AFB, the most critical U.S. armed drone base in the country.
Among those arrested included Col. Ann Wright, a 29 year army veteran and former U.S. diplomat, whose inspiration last November led to the massive anti-drone protest at the base, after months of grassroots organizing. Wright said, “it is our duty as citizens to challenge government actions that not only are illegal, but also jeopardize national security-and the U.S. assassin drone policies do both.”
Following the event, organizers and participants pledged to turn their effort into a twice a year campaign to put a halt to the illegal drone program. “We’re going to keep coming back until we SHUT DOWN CREECH!,” chanted the protesters as they were being hand-cuffed and detained.
Creech drone base is the site of control for CIA and Pentagon targeted drone killings that terrorize communities and remotely kill civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and elsewhere. A recent independent study indicated that the identity of 28 out of 29 people executed by U.S. drone missiles are unknown, thus providing strong evidence that drone killings are primarily indiscriminate assassinations.
After being arrested by Las Vegas Metropolitan police, arrestees were driven in a bus 150 feet across Highway 95 and released at “Camp Justice,” a three day, 24/7 encampment where many protesters had stayed in below freezing night time temperatures. On Thursday, when protesters were making final plans and preparations for Friday’s resistance action, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird precision jet team flew six jets at extremely low altitudes over Camp Justice, making it nearly impossible to have discussions because of the noise of the jets. In spite of the purposeful interruption, creative plans were made and organizers were extremely pleased with the overall success of interrupting business as usual at the drone base;.