NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - A group of protestors stood outside of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Sunday in protest of drones.
The group known as No Drones Niagara, opposes the military use of drones, and claims that they result in high civilian casualties, including many children.
The protestors seeking peace, said they don't want drones headed to Western New York.
Charley Bowman, the WNY Peace Center Interim Director said, "The original suggestion for Mother's Day is a peace holiday, where we stop war."
Dozens of protestors said they don't want to see drones become the next mission of the Niagara Falls Airbase.
"We're really working for nonviolence and drones are just a particularly insidious way of operating so that it ends up causing more harm than good," said Victoria Ross from No Drones Niagara.
Some people even traveled from Syracuse, where the Hancock Airbase is a reaper drone hub.
Ed Kinane from Syracuse said, "It pilots reaper drones over the skies of Afghanistan, which many civilians are killed. [And] it's a form of terrorism really because it puts so much fear into the hearts of the people there."
But proponents of the mission coming to the Niagara Falls Airbase said it would save jobs, at a time when the base would have potentially had to close.
Senator George Maziarz spoke about the benefits at the end of last year. "This is a very important additional mission because drones are a mission that is growing within the military. [And] it's a new technology mission so this is a very positive thing for the base and for Western New York," he said.
Protestors said there are other ways to create jobs, without creating enemies. " We propose to turn the Niagara Falls Airbase into a gigantic solar array generating roughly 40 jobs that will never go away because the sun will always shine," Bowman said.
In addition, protestors said a solar manufacturing plant would create 800 construction jobs over a 17 month period. The solar panel array has been said to cost around $180 million in hopes that the New York Power Authority would help fund the project.
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