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Stop Britain’s drone wars

by Andy Pettit, Coventry Stop the War group
Issue No. 2351

Hundreds of anti-war protesters marched from Lincoln to RAF Waddington last Saturday.  

They demanded the grounding of the UK drone squadron, which is now controlled directly from this country.

The squadron will soon double in size to ten Reaper drones. 

And a British equivalent called the Watchkeeper is currently in development, in conjunction with Israeli company Elbit.

Marchers shouted “Drones fly, people die!” and “War is not a video game!”. 

These referred to the detachment of a pilot sitting in an office in Britain while their victims die in Afghanistan.

Drones represent a serious danger of the proliferation of war. 

As well as being used regularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, drones have also been used for assassinations in Yemen and Somalia. 

The protest gained media coverage and helped to put the anti-war movement in the headlines. 

It will not be the last such protest, as awareness increases of the danger that drones represent.

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Tue 30 Apr 2013, 16:34 BST
Issue No. 2351
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