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Frank Cordaro, DM Catholic Worker (515) 490-2490

On December 28, 2017, as documented in the photos linked below, four protesters - Catholic Workers and members of Veterans For Peace - were arrested at the Iowa National Guard Armed Drone Command Center in Des Moines.  This is the latest in a series of such protests at that base.

Those arrested were part of a larger group who gathered at the entrance of the base with a Christmas message, conveyed by banners that read:

"Herod Killed the Infants. Matt. 2:16.
Today the Des Moines Armed Drone Command Kills Them Too!
Celebrate Christmas. Shut Down DM's Drone Command!"

The arrests happened when the protesters walked up the entrance to the command center, stopping at a closed gate and blocked also by base personnel and Des Moines police.  When asked to leave or get arrested, all left except for Ed Bloomer and Al Burney from Des Moines, Greg Boertje-Obed from Duluth and Brian Hynes from Brooklyn NY.  These four were arrested the Des Moines Police, cuffed, put into a police van and taken to the Polk Co Jail.

After spending overnight in jail, the four were charged with trespassing and released on $300 bond each.

Photo Slideshow:

Previous Des Moines drone campaign postings starting May 11 to Sept 1, 2017: