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Fri Oct 3, 2014, 09:41 PM

"Fly Kites Not Drones"

Campaigners to Stage Global Day of Action Against Killer and Surveillance Drones

International protest comes amid expanding U.S.-led air war on Iraq and Syria

Declaring Saturday a "Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance and Killing," international campaigners are planning simultaneous creative direct actions to demand that governments stop producing and acquiring drones, stop enabling them through infrastructure, including military bases and space satellites, and ultimately, instate a total ban on these weapons.

From Berlin, Germany to Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom, activists will "Fly Kites Not Drones" as a show of solidarity to all people who live under these remotely piloted weapons. "Since 80 percent of all U.S. drone strike victims so far have been Afghans, and since flying kites is a popular national sport in Afghanistan, I support the 'Fly Kites Not Drones' actions in Germany on October 4th," said Luehr Henken of the Germany-based Peace Coordination Berlin & Bundesausschuss.

Activists are also planning teach-ins, banner drops, and rallies, as well as vigils at numerous drone bases in the United States. The vast majority of the over 40 scheduled events will take place in Western Europe and the United States, with actions also planned in Jeju Island, South Korea. Participants and organizers hail from organizations including Germany-based Drohnen-Kampagne and U.S.-based CODEPINK.

The day of action comes as the U.S. enters its eighth week of an expanding air war against Iraq, and second week of ongoing bombardments of Syria, which are being waged by a combination of manned and drone aircraft, with the U.S. Central Common providing little information about the precise weapons used.



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