Thirty-seven people protesting drones are arrested at Hancock Air Base

Drone protests block entrance to Hancock Field. Photo by Gary Walts, Syracuse Post-Standard

by Dave Tobin / The Post-Standard

Dozens of war protesters were arrested Friday afternoon, April 22 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.

Arrested were –

From Syracuse:
Jerry Berrigan, 91
Paul Wittjung, 67
Ed Kinane, 66
Ann Tiffany, 75
Rae Kramer, 50
Julienne Oldfield, 73
Kathleen Rumpf, 59
Rich Vallejo, 24

From Ithaca:
Ellen Grady, 48
Marion “Susie” Kyssack, 68
Richard Saddler, 46
Mary Anne Grady-Flores, 54
Dannie Burns, 50

From Trumansburg:
Craver Scibilia, 58

From Buffalo:
Vickie Ross 56

From Binghamton:
George Homanich, 63
Jim Clune, 63

From Johnson City:
Mary Snyder, 86

From Sharon Springs:
Elliott Adams, 64

From Spencer:
Ian Stone, 17

From Utica:
Patricia Powers, 55
M.W. Wadsworth, 32

From Vernon:
Cynthia Banas, 81

From New Hartford:
Pete Bianco, 32

From Rochester:
Harry Murray, 59

From Webster:
Judy Bello, 60

From Brooklyn:
Joan Pleune, 72

From NYC:
Beverly Rice, 73

Out of State:
Fr. Bernie Survil, 70, Bradford, PA
Jules Orkin, 72, Bergenfield, NJ
Martha Hennessy, 55, Perkinsville, VT
Ret. Col. Ann Wright, 64, Honolulu, HI
Kathy Kelly, 58, Chicago, IL
Brian Terrell, 54, Maloy, IA
Beth Adams, 65, Leverett, MA

* according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office