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Protest & Vigil At Shenstone Drones Factory 3pm Fri 11 May

WMPSC repost | 25.04.2012 11:12 | Anti-militarism | Palestine | Birmingham

There will be a protest and vigil outside the drones factory in Shenstone, supported by a number of groups, including Friends of Sabeel, Stop the War and WMPSC.


Do come to support this demonstration against these pernicious weapons, also known as UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles). As the home page of The Drone Campaign Network ( puts it:

"Over the past few years we have witnessed the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, to undertake armed attacks around the globe. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia have all been subject to drone strikes by US or British drones controlled from many thousands of miles away. Palestine is also subjected to drone strikes from Israel.

"Although there are claims that the drone strikes are precise and accurate, there are many reports – particularly from Pakistan - where media are able to obtain first hand reports of high numbers of civilian casualties. Legal experts as well as peace and human rights organisations have expressed serious concerns about the growing use of armed drones, and even some within the British Ministry of Defence have raised questions about the push towards greater autonomy for armed drones."


UAV Engines Limited (UEL) is a company dedicated to the design, development and production of Wankel-type engines for the propulsion of small and medium sized Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). More details on their website at :


2.45 p.m. Assemble in Shenstone Railway car park
3 p.m. The protest
4.30 p.m. Update in the Methodist Church Hall, Shenstone Methodist Church, New Road, Shenstone WS14 0NQ
5.30 p.m. (also in the Hall) A bring and share tea
7 p.m. (in the Hall) Chris Coles, Director of The Drone Campaign Network, will speak


The station is on the London Midland line from Birmingham New Street to Lichfield Trent Valley (if you have got a Centro senior citizen's concessionary pass, note that Shenstone is one station beyond Blake Street, which is the northern limit of validity for these passes). Journey time from New Street is 32 minutes. For Sat Nav users, the address of the station is: Station Road, Shenstone, Lichfield WS14 0NW. There is a map including the station on the UAV company's website (address above.)

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