|UK government to get drone deaths keepsake||
British anti-war activists will hand the Prime Minister’s office at No 10 Downing Street a “drone quilt” on May 7 that is created of sewn patches featuring names of victims of killer-drone attacks including in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The initiative launched by Fellowship of Reconciliation pro-peace group is meant to pile pressure on the government after it announced it is now carrying out remote-controlled killings by drones from and RAF base in Waddington.
The move, supported by peace activists across Britain, will see a quilt with many patches, stitched with the name of a human being killed by a drone attack.
The group said it aims to remind people, especially those in power, that “for every single victim of a drone there was a real person with loves, desires and a life”.
Campaigners said Britain and the U.S., which are operating drones in different countries including in Afghanistan and Pakistan, simply dismiss human casualties of the attacks as “collateral damage”, which is “immoral” and “barbaric”.
“We want to take the quilt to Parliament … as part of our Called to be Peacemakers Conference 2013 to advocate on behalf of those killed needlessly. Britain is already involved in the drones industry and wants to be more so, this is unacceptable and barbaric,” Fellowship of Reconciliation said on its website.
The move follows a “Ground the Drones” demonstration at Waddington RAF base in the weekend that saw hundreds of people shout their anger at the newly-established British drone command.
The protest was backed by the Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Drone Wars UK and War on Want.
“Operated far away from conflict zones, drones make it much easier for politicians to launch military strikes and order extrajudicial assassinations without democratic oversight or accountability to the public,” the Stop the War Coalition said before that protest.
The British Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that they have for the first time carried out drone missions in Afghanistan from British soil, using XIII Squadron.
The Stop the War coalition said British government is to double its number of armed Reaper drones in Afghanistan.
This is while Britain has also made orders for new surveillance drones called Watchkeeper, which are being developed by Thales UK and their partner company, the Israeli Elbit.
(Source: Press TV)
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