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9 anti-drone protesters cited for blocking Beale AFB gates

Four women and one man, who remained standing in front of a Beale Air Force Base gate after officials asked them to move their protest off federal property, were cited for trespassing Tuesday and sang “We Shall Overcome” as the last person cited flashed the peace sign.

Cres Vellucci of Sacramento, who joined the protest at entrance off North Beale Road against drones, said about 60 people participated in the event that was part of a national action.

“This is more or less the Northern California protest,” Vellucci said.

Four other protesters were cited for trespassing on federal property at another Beale entrance off Doolittle Drive.

The primary mission at Beale, for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, does not include drones that fire weapons but a protester contended the base is an accomplice in the drone program.

Ryan McCarthy is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal Democrat. Contact him at rmccarthy@appealdemocrat.com or 749-4780.

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