Ben of Ben & Jerry's arrested during protest

Henrietta Strickland
March 6, 2018

The F-35 cockpit of the world's newest fifth generation fighter aircraft is shown with a simulation demonstrator screen from a F-35 cockpit demonstrator at National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland, September 29, 2010.

"It's a disturbance once for the people that are going to hear this demonstration, it's a disturbance, it is a physically and cognitively destructive impact on people's lives who are going to live in this zone day in, day out", Cohen told WCAX.

According to the newspaper, the activists played jet noise from speakers mounted on the bed of a pickup truck in downtown Burlington, "at a level they said simulated what it would be like to be underneath the flight path".

Lieutenant Matthew Sullivan of Burlington police explained that amplifiers were attached to a rig and led by a vehicle Cohen was driving.

The protest began around 11 A.M. on Saturday and was cited numerous times before Cohen was arrested for violating the town's noise ordinance.

The trio was charged with disorderly conduct, local police said.

'The city has just admitted that it's illegal, harmful and unsafe, ' James Leas, one of the protesters arrested with Cohen, told ABC 22. "So now we have the city of Burlington acknowledging that by making these arrests".

The city votes on Tuesday to decide whether officials should oppose the base.

The Vermont National Guard invested $83 million into storing the F-35 in Burlington.

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