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For Immediate Release

Gil Field 858-342-1964; Dave Patterson 760-207-9139; Ben Griffin 07866 559 312; David Swanson, 202-329-7847.

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


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 Gil Field, Director For Communications, San Diego Veterans For Peace, 858-342-1964,

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.

Other members of VFP are currently traveling from the United States to Pakistan as part of a delegation organized by Code Pink to visit one area where U.S. drone strikes have become frequent.

VFP is part of a coalition organizing an online petition in support of banning weaponized drones.

Veterans For Peace was founded in 1985 and has approximately 5,000 members in 150 chapters located in every U.S. state and several countries. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations, and is the only national veterans' organization calling for the abolishment of war.

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

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