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Hancock Drone Resisters Trial Starts Tuesday, November 1 in Syracuse, NY
By Carol Baum
Hancock Air Base is becoming a major player in drone warfare. Pilots at Hancock fly drones over Afghanistan, drone maintenance technicians are trained there, and a training school for drone pilots and sensor operators has recently started.
The group is charged with two counts of disorderly conduct - obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic and refusing to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse. The group does not believe that order to disperse was lawful. Syracuse drone resister Ed Kinane said, "We must stop the hunter/killer reaper drones piloted in our midst. It is the drones, rather than us, that should be on trial."
Court begins at 5 pm on Tuesday, November 1 at the Town of De Witt Courthouse There are support actions during the day:
The action was sponsored by the Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, a group consisting of activists from Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and other upstate New York Communities.
For more information:
More updates, resources, media coverage and general info http://upstatedroneaction.org/
Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council, 315.472.5478, carol@peacecouncil.
Video of die in at Hancock Air Base (7:46) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gesB_lNArpU
Video of the rally and action (18:11, by Rochester IndyMedia) http://blip.tv/indy-tv/fiction-as-reality-two-perspectives-two-drones-one-demonstration-and-37-bodies-5106964
Anti drone flash mob in Syracuse, with commentary by Syracuse activists (2:02): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVVSD1N-2kk