Activists Protest Outside CIA Offices Against Drone Strikes

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“Every drone that kills a terrorist suspect also kills about a 100 civilians,” he said. “And these are CIA’s own figures. It is completely unacceptable.” (Dawn.com File Photo)

WASHINGTON: Anti-war activists held a protest march in the US
capital on Saturday against drone strikes in Pakistan that they said
had killed hundreds of innocent people.

After rallying
outside the CIA’s headquarters in Virginia, the protesters plan to
march to former vice president Dick Cheney’s home nearby in McLean.

The CIA runs the programme that includes drone strikes at suspected terrorist targets in Fata.

The
organisers said that at Mr Cheney’s residence, they would attempt a
symbolic ‘citizens arrest’ of the former VP on “the charges of war
crimes, crimes against humanity and other high crimes and
misdemeanours.”

“We are demanding that the US immediately stop the use of drones in Pakistan,” said Robby Diesu, one of the organisers.

“Every
drone that kills a terrorist suspect also kills about a 100 civilians,”
he said. “And these are CIA’s own figures. It is completely
unacceptable.”

The protest is part of a campaign called ‘Peace
of the Action’, which is the brainchild of Peace Mom, Cindy Sheehan,
who has been striving to make the concept of peace a reality since her
son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in April 2004.

Ms Sheehan said
the protesters plan to stay on the sidewalks and roads near Mr Cheney’s
home. But some protesters may risk arrest by walking up to the house.

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