DEWITT, N.Y. — Seven drone protesters were arrested Monday morning at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in DeWitt.
The Upstate Drone Action protesters blocked the entrance to the base with several large signs and banners, and refused to remove them.
“Officers from the base came out and told us to leave, and when we didn’t, we were arrested,” Upstate Drone Action founding member Ed Kinane said. “We’re trying to make a statement about the war crimes being committed at the air base with drones that kill human beings.”
Kinane said DeWitt police arrested him. Six others also were taken into custody and brought to DeWitt Town Hall, where they were given appearance tickets. All seven were charged with disorderly conduct and trespass, both violations.
Those charged were: Ann Tiffany, of Syracuse; Dan Burgevin, of Trumansburg; Kinane, of Syracuse; Harry Murray, of Rochester; Julienne Oldfield, of Syracuse; Mark Scibilia-Carver, of Trumansburg; and