13 Protestors, Including 6 Veterans, Arrested Protesting Drones at Beale AFB ; Tried to Deliver Letter Charging Obama, Beale Base Commander with 'Crimes Against Humanity'
|A protester testifies to the pain|
caused by drone killing.
Main Gate: 7 arrested
Wheatland Gate: 6 arrested
MARYSVILLE/BEALE AFB – Six military veterans were among 13 people arrested at Beale Air Force Base here early morning as they attempted to deliver an "indictment" charging President Obama, the Beale base commander, drone pilots and others with "crimes against peace and crimes against humanity."
|Main gate: 7 arrested|
|Wheatland gate: 6 arrested|
All 13 demonstrators – who were handcuffed about – were released after about two hours with misdemeanor charges. They are to appear in U.S. District Court. They face up to six months in prison.
|Demonstrators being arrested at a Beale gate.|
|Blocking the gate with a banner depicting|
children murdered by drones.
|Traffic was temporarily backed up|
over a great distance at both gates!
The "Veterans Spring Days Drone Action" temporarily blocked traffic at the two busiest gates entering Beale AFB, the home to Global Hawk (Surveillance drone), the U2 and the MC12 Liberty aircraft, all participants in the so-called "war on terror." They have been complicit in the deaths and injuries thousands of innocent civilians.
|In standing in the way of those driving in to participate|
in drone killing, demonstrators hoped to halt the
drone warfare machine, however briefly.
|"Drone Warfare Fosters Hate"|
|Many of those arrested were Veterans for Peace|
This is the most people arrested in a single action at Beale AFB. Dozens have been arrested protesting drones at Beale AFB in the past year, including more than a dozen people and members of the clergy on Ash and Good Friday this year. Three federal trials have been held – and earlier this month a lone protestor was found not guilty in U.S. Court in Sacramento.
The Indictment delivered says, in part:
"WE, THE PEOPLE, CHARGE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA AND THE FULL MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND INCLUDING COMMANDER COLONEL PHILLIP A. STEWART, EVERY DRONE CREW, AND SERVICE MEMBER AT BEALE AIR FORCE BASE WITH CRIMES AGAINST PEACE & CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, WITH VIOLATIONS OF THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS, WARS OF AGGRESSION, VIOLATION OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, AND KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS..."
Of the 13 arrested, 6 were veterans and 3 others had never done civil resistance before!
Big thanks to arrestees:
Veterans for Peace: Barry Binks, Michael Kerr, John Rieger, Cres Velluci, Richard Gilchrist, Ted Sexaur
Non-veterans: Devan Phenix, Bev Fitzpatrick, Fred Bialy, Shirley Osgood, Pamela Osgood, Catherine Hourcade and Cathy Webster
And special thanks to Barry Binks for organizing it all!
Please join us whenever you can and help
it to grow! Photos, video and more here.
- : WALK TO PEACE with us, To Resist Global Militarization and Drone Warfare
We will walk from San Francisco to Beale AFB. Please join all or part.....we need support crew too! Any help offered will be very welcomed! More details soon.Visit the Occupy Beale AFB page for more information.
|The Spring Days of Drone Action are|
in full swing all throughout the nation. Join us!