Two Ithaca residents and five others protesting drone strikes were arrested at Hancock Field near Syracuse on Thursday, the 12th anniversary of the Iraq war.

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The protesters held up a giant copy of the UN Charter and three blow-ups of books — including Dirty Wars, by Jeremy Scahill; and Living Under Drones, from the NYU and Stanford Law Schools.

The two people arrested from Ithaca were Danny Burns and James Ricks.

“They brought the books to Hancock to remind everyone at the base of the signed treaties that prohibit the killing of civilians and assassinations of human beings,” a statement from the protesters said.

The group was part of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. Syracuse.com reported that the arrests were made by DeWitt police.

“Hancock Field is home to a squadron of MQ-9 Reaper drones, which 174th Attack Wing pilots operate remotely on missions in Afghanistan,” Syracuse.com said.

Since 2010, there have been more than 160 anti-drones arrests at Hancock, according to a statement from the protesters.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.