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On Good Friday nine nonviolent resisters-to-Empire, led by Upstate Drone Action, were arrested and jailed for blocking the main entrance to Hancock Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, in a witness against extrajudicial drone killings in which the base plays an important role.
Three people -- John Amidon, Ed Kinane, and Ray McGovern -- hung on large drone/crosses to call attention to victims of U.S. drone strikes in seven majority Muslim countries. Eleven others held smaller drone crosses headed by the phrase, DRONES CRUCIFY, each followed by one of these: Children, Families, Love, Peace, Community, the US Constitution, UN Charter, Rule of Law, US Treaties, Due Process, Diplomacy.
Pre-Action Comments: John Amidon, Ray McGovern, Ed Kinane
April 14, 2017 (11 minutes)
The Good Friday Hancock Drone Action Statement reads, in part, "Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. Recognizing that 70% of our nation identify as Christian, we come to the gates of the Hancock drone base to make real the crucifixion today. As Jesus and others were crucified by the Roman Empire, drones are used by the U. S. Empire in a similar fashion. In Roman times, crosses loomed over a community to warn people that they could be killed whenever the Empire decided. So, too, our drones fly over many countries threatening extrajudicial killings upon whoever happens to be in the vicinity. On this Good Friday, we recall Jesus' call to love and nonviolence. We're asking this Air Force base and this nation to turn away from a policy of modern-day crucifixion."
The 14 "Stations of the (Drone) Cross" were confiscated by base personnel.