Veterans For Peace Take on Drone Makers in San Diego and London

September 27, 2012

San Diego Veterans For Peace and Veterans For Peace-United Kingdom are protesting drone manufacturer General Atomics today, September 27th, in both Poway, California, and London, England.

Both protests are scheduled for 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. local time.

The California action is at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and General Atomics Way in Poway, CA. For more information contact Dave Patterson 760-207-9139 .

The London action is at Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, Ec2N 1HQ; tube Liverpool Street; For more information contact Ben Griffin 07866 559 312,

General Atomics is the manufacturer of the Reaper UAV in service with the U.S. and U.K. militaries. The Reaper has been used in numerous attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other countries. People targeted by these weapons are killed from above without warning and without due legal process. Numerous entirely innocent people including women and children have been killed by these weapon systems.

VFP is calling for the grounding of Reaper Drones and for General Atomics to stop manufacturing them, and will be highlighting the fact that General Atomics is partially responsible for the slaughter of numerous innocent people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Mike Reid, executive director of Veterans For Peace, said, "If we oppose murder at close range, we should oppose it at long distance. If we oppose it when it's risky and difficult, we should be horrified of a practice that makes it trivial and easy. Imagining that drone wars don't damage the very culture of the people engaged in them is naive. Those manufacturing these instruments of death, in particular, should think long and hard about the road they are on."


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