Member of the Brooklyn for Peace Anti Militarism Committee
(Note – this article is slightly edited from an email we received from Tom Keogh)
People from Staten Island, the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn were there. Some were arrested. 37 people were arrested including Jerome Berrigan , 91, brother of Fr. Dan Berrigan and the late Phillip Berrigan. One TV station says that 200 were arrested which was not accurate.
Earlier in the week Obama announced the use of drones in Libya. The previous week they announced that they can use nuclear weapons on drones if they want to. So far in 2011, drones are killing large numbers of civilians in Iraq, Pakistan , Afghanistan , Yemen , and now in the escalating war in Libya. On Monday April 11, the US military admitted that they killed U .S. soldiers in Afghanistan with a drone. The military explanation is that drones have a mechanism that detects the body heat of people. In a combat area, 2 warm bodies were detected and killed. Those drones and drone operators can not see who they are killing. They can not tell the difference between a civilian or a soldier or the nationality of that soldier according to the official press releases on the April 11 killings.
This site has a nice photo of Veronica and David from Brooklyn For Peace with a Brooklyn banner.
ABC Channel 9 has a good video and article with the names of all the arrested people.
Please watch these videos so that channel 9 and the other news companies see that people are interested in this issue. They count the hits.
USA Today had 3 reports - 2 with unexpected comments.
U.S. Predator Strike in Libya Leads to Syracuse Protest
( Actually the anti-drone protests at Hancock were started before the war in Libya. These protests have been held weekly in the spring , fall and summer and monthly in the winter since 2009 )
Protesting in Syracuse and Christian Persecution in Pakistan over drones.
This report quotes FOX News saying that US drone killings in Pakistan have led to attacks on Pakistan's Christians by Pakistan's non Christians. I never heard of that before.
This is another video of this, "some came from as far away as Brooklyn"
There are other news sources that also covered the event. If you would like more information or would like photos from the protest for your news letter or web site I can send it to you.
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