It is sadly ironic that bullets raining down on hundreds of concertgoers in Las Vegas happened just miles away from the U.S. military base flying drones to rain down bombs on wedding guests.
This has been going on for years, and so have blockades and other forms of protest at the gates of Creech Air Base. People in the U.S. were terrorized by the events at Mandalay Bay last week, but they mostly turn a blind eye to the terror their government unleashes in their name and at their expense. That terror, for most in the U.S., is invisible.
But it's not invisible to everyone here in the heart of the violent empire. Here's an eyewitness report of the protest at Creech and a link to a Facebook video of the arrests recorded by peace activist Ann Wright:
Two arrested Friday at Creech Drone Base north of Las Vegas in mock wedding and blockade
CREECH AIR BASE, INDIAN SPRINGS, NEVADA - On the sixteenth anniversary of the war on Afghanistan, two citizens were arrested for challenging the use by the United States of assassin drones, which were first used in Afghanistan in 2001.
The two arrestees were part of a larger group of activists blocking the main gate to Creech Drone Base. Arrested were long time peace and justice activists Toby Blome of California and JoAnn Lingle of Indiana. Other activists hailed from California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and Pakistan. All participated in the enactment of a mock wedding attacked by a killer drone. U.S. assassin drones have routinely attacked wedding parties in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.
Prior to her arrest Toby Blome said, “The killing has to stop. We are bombing and assassinating people in the poorest countries in the world.”
JoAnn Lingle said, “Being arrested is non-violent resistance to U.S. endless wars.”
As the sound of drones operated by military student pilots at Creech Drone Base was seen and heard overhead, the bride and groom exchanged vows to work for peace and justice. A sign reading “U.S.A. Wedded to War” was held over the wedding party.
This is a part of the ten-year campaign at Creech Drone Base, 40 miles north of Las Vegas, to stop the extrajudicial killing of civilians.
Over 100 arrests of peace activists have been made at Creech over these years.
The events at Creech Drone Base are a part of the global mobilization to raise international concern about endless war in violation of the U.S. constitution and international law. We invite the public the join with activists in local Global Days of Action found at demilitarize.org and at Creech AFB home of the Predator and Reaper killer drones.
Actions at Creech will continue through with morning and afternoon vigils.
For more information contact: Eleanor Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org 510-290-7071