The local chapter of Veterans for Peace showed up yesterday at the plant of BAE Systems, a corporation guilty of the production of drones that are kiling civilians in Afghanistan. This event was an important part of the April Days of Action Against Drones, a series of anti-drone protests taking place this month in communities nationwide.
For Indianans taking part in the demonstration, the use of drones by the U.S. military had a local dimension beyond the presence of BAE Systems: "It's a sad irony that April 4 is also the second anniversary when two United States servicemen, Benjamin Rast, of South Bend, and Jeremy Smith, of Arlington, Texas, were both killed by a U.S. Predator Drone in Afghanistan," said Dave Lambert, organizer of the protest and member of Veterans for Peace. The event received coverage on local mainstream media.
The demonstration provoked a response from BAE, which sent out 8 union workers to picket a few feet away with signs that read "BAE Systems: We Protect Those who Protect Us."
|BAE worker and anti-drone protester standing side-by-side in front of |
BAE's Fort Wayne plant. To date, this is the first substantive response seen
by a manufacturer to the charges made by the anti-drone movement.
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