Down the DronesAugust 9, 2011
This year, the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) will showcase a large exhibition of Unmanned Systems, or ‘drones’ – the robotic military planes that are used in targeted killings and are killing civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen. The indiscriminate nature of drone attacks is breeding anger and resentment amongst ordinary people in those countries. Perhaps most crucially, the fact that drones enable bombing raids to happen without danger to the pilots’ lives, is driving a new, robotic arms race founded on the misguided belief that a new super-weapon will resolve conflict in human relationships.
Fellowship of Reconciliation, England (FoRE) and the SPEAK Network are joining together to take action against this destructive development. We will be coordinating a creative media stunt on September 13th, the first day of the arms fair, as part of the wider Stop The Arms Fair Coalition action.
For more detailed briefings and information about the Drone Wars campaign, please go to www.for.org.uk/act/campaign