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Iowans gather against drones

Drone protester in Des Moines
Dan Hughes of Des Moines holds a sign outside the Des Moines airport protesting plans to operate drones at the national guard base there. Photo: Kathleen McQuillen / AFSC

To view a Rodger Routh video of this anti-drone vigil, click here. To view Jeff Overton's photos, click here.

DES MOINES -- (Catholic Peace Ministry news services, Nov. 17, 2013) A group of 25 people from several different organizations held a peace vigil at the corner of Fleur Avenue and McKinley, near the military base in Des Moines where plans remain for a drone command facility.

The events in Des Moines were part of several that took place around the United States as part of the 'national days to end drone warfare.' See and The timing coincided with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the UN Human Rights Commission criticizing the U.S. for drone bombings. A recent Stanford University Law School study accuses the United States of using techniques of 'terror' against civilians living under drones.

With signs that read "Drones make US terrorists," "Heed Amnesty International," and "Drones Kill Children," the group stood for two hours at a busy intersection in Des Moines. (Drake University sent two broadcast students to cover the event and will post a story to be forwarded soon by CPM).

Some of the groups represented included Catholic Peace Ministry, American Friends Service Committee, Veterans for Peace, and the Iowa Peace Network.

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