Dozens Gather for Anti-Drone Protest in Niagara Falls

May 12, 2013 Updated May 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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May 12, 2013 Updated May 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- More than twenty people, of all ages, from across Western New York, gathered at the entrance of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station for an anti-drone protest Sunday.

Their goal is to prevent a drone operation unit from being added to the Niagara Falls base in the future.

Protestors lined the entrance to the base with colorful signs, hoping to bring awareness to anyone passing by.

Close to two-dozen demonstrators read prayers of peace and took turns sharing the names and ages of children killed by drone attacks in Yemen and Pakistan.

Many of the protestors are part of a group called "No Drones Niagara", an affiliate of the Upstate N.Y. Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.

Members of the group are standing firm in their opposition to the military use of drones because of the high civilian casuality rates. They also question the legality behind it.

According to recent federal sources, drones have killed more than 3,000 people in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia since 2004.

"Why would we use drones to target and kill people all over the world?" said Paul Frasier, an anti-drone protester. "We don't need to do that. It doesn't give us any security, any safety, and it builds U.S. terrorist attitudes against the United States."

There was a police presence at Sunday's protest, but all was peaceful.

Members of the military also kept a close eye on protestors, making sure they remained outside of the base.

Representatives from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station have not yet commented on the protest.