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Activists Protest Outside CIA Offices Against Drone Strikes
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.