Anti-war protesters block entrance to Creech Air Force Base
Indian Springs, NV (KTNV) - An anti-war demonstration was held Sunday at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs. It marked the 10-year anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. Protesters were there to speak-out against the drones that are operated from Creech.
Demonstrators held signs, and sang songs. At one point, they even sat in the middle of the road, blocking the entrance to the base. Metro Police and the Nevada Highway Patrol were called in to help control the crowd of more than 100 people.
"Retaliation and revenge, don't justify what we're doing militarily," says one of the organizers, Jim Haber. "We try to take our message to policy makers in Washington, and also locally, to say to the troops themselves, you shouldn't be doing this."
The "this" they're referring to, is operating drones. Drones are remote-controlled airplanes, that carry bombs and missiles. While they're used in wars across the globe, they're controlled by satellite from Creech. That means servicemen here, determine where and when the bombs and missiles are released.
Protesters argue that, all too often, drones hit innocent people. "Even though we're told civilians won't be killed, they are," Haber says.
Catholic Priest, Louis Vitale, served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He now dedicates his life, to trying to end war.
"The idea of drones operated from continents far away is very scary," he says. "As we know, even in the best of opportunities, we've hit targets that we're very sorry we hit. Like, schools, hospitals, and homes. It's not right. We need to stop."
These passionate protesters vow to keep fighting the use of drones, and pushing for peace, until government and military leaders take notice.
None of the protesters were arrested. Creech closed down the entrance where the demonstration was, to eliminate any chance of conflict.