With Call to 'End the Drone Wars,' Activists Cut Their Way into UK Air Force Base

Four demonstrators opposed to Britain’s prolonged participation in foreign wars and use of armed drones were arrested on Monday after cutting through a fence at the Waddington Royal Air Force base near Lincolnshire, UK.

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According to the Guardian, RAF Waddington has been the growing focus of recent protests over Britain’s operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, which are controlled from the base.

“Behind the rebranding, war is as brutal and deadly as it has always been with civilians killed, communities destroyed, and the next generation traumatized. And so we have come to RAF Waddington, the home of drone warfare here in the UK to say clearly and simply ‘End the Drone War’.”

Before being intercepted and arrested for criminal trespass, the small group said their intention was to create a “New Year gateway for peace” by cutting a hole in the security perimeter. The four carried a banner which said “End the drone wars” as well as reports documenting the number of civilian casualties arising from recent UK, NATO and coalition airstrikes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As the BBC reports:

Explaining the reasons for their action on Monday, the demonstrators released a joint statement, which read:

Monday’s direct action is only the latest in a series of protests directed at the RAF’s participation in the U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.

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