Jonah House protesters held in N.Y.

January 02, 1991

Four antiwar protesters, including two from Jonah House in Baltimore, were to appear today in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y., on charges connected to vandalism of two planes and a runway at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y.

Capt. Barney Welch, of the 416th Bombardment Wing at Griffiss, said the protesters splattered paint on a B-52G bomber, poured blood on a KC-135 Stratotanker, caused minor damage to the bomber's external fuel tank with a hammer and damaged a runway with an ax after gaining unauthorized access to the airbase at 6:20 a.m. yesterday.

A group called the Anzus Peace Force Plowshares Community took credit for the raid.

Organization spokesman Max Obuszewski said the protesters entered the base after using wirecutters on a perimeter fence and made a cross of blood on the runway in addition to causing the other damage.

Obuszewski said authorities charged the four with sabotage and destruction of government property.

He identified them as Moana Cole, a New Zealander and Ciaron O'Reilly, an Australian, both of Jonah House, and Susan Frankel and William Streit, both of Washington. Streit was further identified as a former Roman Catholic priest.

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