Western protesters join Imran Khan march against terror drones
Posted by seumasach on October 6, 2012
5th October, 2012
Dozens of US and British anti-war protesters have marched in Islamabad a day ahead of a massive peace march organized by the famous cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan against the US assassination drone strikes in the Pakistani tribal regions.
The two-day march, starting on Saturday, begins in Islamabad and ends in the tribal region of South Waziristan, a focus of the drone attacks.
Like many Pakistanis, Khan maintains that the US terror drones have killed many innocent civilians.
The anti-war activists include representatives of the US-based CODEPINK and the founder of the UK-based Reprieve legal advocacy agency, Clive Stafford Smith. They were chanting: “We are going to Waziristan! Stop! Stop! drone attacks.”
“The illegal, immoral, brutal attacks on the innocent people of Waziristan in the FATA region of Pakistan must end now. These are illegal drone strikes carried out by CIA……this is a war crime,” said activist Tyke Berry, who is also a film and television artist from Los Angeles.
CODEPINK activist Linda Wenning said: “They (drone attacks) are illegal, they’re against international law. They invade the sovereignty of Pakistan, and they’re not productive.”
One placard said: “Drones fly, Children die.”
Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants crossing the Afghanistan border. But local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.
Pakistanis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty.
On January 31, 2012, President Barack Obama confirmed that the United States uses the drones in Pakistan and other countries.