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Week of Action to Ground the Drones

Drone Campaign Network | 01.10.2012 18:45 | Afghanistan | Anti-militarism | Palestine | Terror War

To coincide with International Keep Space for Peace Week (from 6th - 13th October) the Drone Campaign Network is calling a week of action on the growing use of drones.

While over seventy countries now possess drones, so far only the UK, the US and Israel are known to have used armed drones. The UK has launched over 300 drones strikes in Afghanistan but there is little public information about these strikes. Israel regularly launches drone attacks in Gaza and the US has been using drones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. It is suspected, but not confirmed that US drones have also undertaken strikes in Mali and Philippines this year.

Protests against the growing use of drones have taken place in Pakistan and Yemen and protests have been growing in the UK and the US over the past year. [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

On the newswire: Ground the Drones Week of Action announcement | Drones Week of Action events listings | The faceless face of military drones at Menwith Hill: 9 October | Veterans for Peace action at General Atomics | Terrorist drones come to Lincolnshire – drones peace walk | Drones and Thrones – A London Diary

Links: Drone Campaign Network | Drone Wars UK | TBIJ Covert War on Terror

During the Week of Action, campaigners will walk from UAV Engines in Shenstone, an Israel owned factory making engines for drones, via Thales UK in Leicester, which is manufacturing the new Watchkeeper drone to RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire from where UK drones in Afghanistan will soon be controlled. See also this photo story (on YouTube) about the week of action and the walk. Other events include cycle rides, protests at US bases, public meetings, street stall and petition hand-ins. For details of events already organised see a regularly updated list here. You can also download or order resources.

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  1. Photos from Week of Action — Disarmingman