Eleven anti-war and anti-nuclear demonstrators faced charges Saturday after they were arrested for setting up a tent on the grounds of Griffiss Air Force Base to protest Operation Desert Shield and the presence of nuclear weapons at Griffiss.
Arrested Friday on charges of trespassing were: William M. Cuddy, Jerome Berrigan, Patricia Sher, Mary Woolever, Heidi Woolever, Francis Woolever, Carol F. Hayes-Collier and Kathleen Rumpf, all of Syracuse; Jacqueline B. Allen of Hartford, Conn.; William L. Griffen of Tully, and Cynthia M. Banas of Vernon.
Berrigan, a longtime anti-war activist, is the brother of pacifist Catholic priests Daniel and Phillip Berrigan.
One protester, Carrie Stearns, said the action is part of an annual peaceful demonstration to mark the Catholic Feast of the Holy Innocents, which commemorates the killing of infants by Herod following the birth of Jesus Christ.
The demonstration started with a Mass and continued to the base where a tent was set up on base property in Rome, about 35 miles east of Syracuse. In connection with Desert Shield, "The tent is symbolic of a tent in our own desert," she said, referring to the base.
"The connection to us is that Griffiss Air Force Base is a spiritual desert because it possesses nuclear weapons that can kill thousands of people," Ms. Stearns said.