Indian Springs, NV – During peak rush hour traffic on Thursday March 31st at Creech AFB, military veterans and friends were arrested while waving Veterans for Peace (VFP) flags and nonviolently blocking traffic at the East Gate on Hwy. 95, the primary commuter gate into the base. As the traffic was impeded, Las Vegas Police diverted cars up the highway to less used, alternative gates.
At the same time, 20 people held vigil between the frontage road and US Highway 95 as four other peace and justice activists greeted the diverted traffic with a second peaceful anti-drone blockade expressed as a sitting silent meditation in front of the second gate.
The arrests at 7:50 AM today were part of a week-long orchestrated effort by over 100 activists from over 20 states in the country, mobilized to oppose the U.S. drone program that uses remotely controlled planes controlled at Creech to indiscriminately drop missiles on some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. Thursday’s traffic was delayed for fifteen minutes, as Creech employees and contractors were diverted to the 2nd gate, and then to the 3rd gate once demonstrators blocked the 2nd gate. The prayer-activists at the 2nd gate were not arrested.
This was the first of several civil resistance actions planned during the week-long National Mass Mobilization against Drone Warfare known as SHUT DOWN CREECH. All of the demonstrators who were arrested were taken to the Las Vegas Metropolitan County Jail.
Meanwhile the remaining activists at “Camp Justice” across from the base continue the regular schedule of nonviolence training and strategy sessions for creative and nonviolent ways to stop the illegal assassination program at Creech Air Force Base for as long as possible.
The 8 activists arrested were:
Barry Binks, VFP, California
Leslie Harris, VFP, Texas
Tarak Kauff, VFP, New York
Chris Knudsen, VFP, CA, California
Barry Ladendorf, VFP, California
Ken Mayers, VFP, New Mexico
Joan Pleune, NY Granny Peace Brigade, New York Col.
Ann Wright, VFP, Hawaii
Barry Ladendorf has been nicked for being too peaceful?
For anyone who does not know who Barry is he is the nice chap marching on the right side of our front page.
I remember last year after the rememberance march myself and my wife joined Les Gibbins and his partner along with Barry and a few others (apologies crap with names, you know who you are) for a meal in the evening.
Having spoken with Barry for a few hours, I could tell this guy was a real gentleman and peace activist that didn`t want trouble but only wanted to express his feelings of discontent with his governments lies and blatant disregard for human life. He told me that the Police (Pooh Lice) in the States actively recruit veterans with PTSD !
The man really is an inspiration to us all and everyone else who was Kidnapped by the police state on that day.
Well done brothers and sisters
Kenny Williams VFP UK Durham
Kenny thank you for the kind words. Gene Marx was the other mate from the states that ate with us. Will be coming back again this year and hopefully we will have more VFPers from the States joining us. It was great meeting you. The cops did not treat us badly. In fact a female sergeant at the jail wanted to know how to buy a VFP shirt for her and her husband. Scheduled for court appearance in May. Should be interesting.
See you in Berkeley, right?
Be well mate