LAS VEGAS – Protesters outside an air base in southern Nevada are calling for an end to U.S. drone missions that they say kill many more civilians than terrorists halfway around the world.
Organizer Toby Blome and base officials said Thursday that no violence and no arrests resulted from the first day of a demonstration outside Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, northwest of Las Vegas.
Blome says groups including Veterans for Peace, CODEPINK Women for Peace and Nevada Desert Experience plan a larger protest Friday to block drone pilots from entering the base.
Base commander Col. Jim Cluff says protesters can demonstrate, but they won't be allowed to affect base operations.
Protest planners say they want to stop remotely piloted aircraft from flying armed missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.