Protesters urge UK government to cease drone strikes

A group of British anti-war activists have staged a rally in Lincolnshire, asking the government of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to end the country’s drone strikes across the world.

Gathering outside the Royal Air Force (RAF)’s Waddington airbase on Saturday, the protesters said the unmanned aircraft threaten civilians.

The airbase is home to the UK’s 39 Squadron, which operates the highly advanced US-made Reaper drones.

The Reaper can carry 500lb (227kg) bombs and Hellfire missiles. The 39 Ssquadron first started its operations from the US state of Nevada in 2007 and moved to RAF Waddington in 2013.

Christopher Cole, with the protest organizer Drone Campaign Network, said the protest marked a decade of Britain’s drone operations in other countries and was aimed at raising awareness about the issues that came with drone warfare.

He said the drones “made war too easy”, and lowered the threshold for using military force overseas.

Read more