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The extraordinary speed of technological developments in robotics has meant that modern warfare is fast out-pacing the legal and ethical norms which regulate human society. The deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or ‘drones’, enables us to kill people in foreign lands easily, with few political or military costs to ourselves, and so with no accountability for our actions in the undeclared wars we have been waging in recent decades.
Lincoln has long been home to an RAF base at nearby Waddington; this spring the UK doubled its number of armed Reaper drones in Afghanistan and began operating them over Afghanistan from the new facility at RAF Waddington.
Over the past four years, the US has launched hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, with reliable reports showing thousands of people have been killed, including hundreds of children. In Afghanistan where the US and UK have launched over 1,500 drone strikes, it is simply not known how many people have perished in these strikes. In Gaza too, many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli drone strikes.
Opposition to the secretive escalation of ‘drone wars’ led veteran Greenham campaigner, Helen John, set up a  protest camp outside the base in early 2012, since when the base has been the focus of a number of local and national demonstrations.

Drone Watch Waddington 123 Throughout 2014 demonstrations are being held at the gates of RAF Waddington near Lincoln on the 21st of every month from 1-3pm (on the A607 between Bracebridge Heath and Waddington village).

RAF Waddington is the control base for the British Reaper drone which is killing people in Afghanistan. As the December 2014 Afghan drawdown deadline approaches it is likely that the UK government will be deploying them in the Gulf  and Africa.

 

Campaign Update
Spring 2016

Ground the Drones - protest at RAF Waddington on 5 January

People came from Liverpool, Oxford, Hastings, Birmingham, Coventry, Matlock, Chesterfield,Leicester, Nottingham and Lincoln to protest at the continuing use of the armed Reaper drone in Iraq and Syria controlled by RAF Waddington. It was great to have some voices from Lincoln Green Party on the local media interviews. It was also great that others had travelled a long way to raise their banners.

Fly Kites Not Drones started in 2014 when an Afghan friend suggested we fly kites in solidarity with all those young people living in fear of drone attacks on March 21st which is Nao Roz, the Persian New Year. The idea really caught on and groups up and down the country flew kites and 75 of us from all round the East Midlands region were at RAF Waddington that year.

This year, on Saturday 19 March a group from East Midlands, Birmingham & Lincoln (including a 97 year old Quaker from Lincoln) were  again outside the base, flying kites in a good, strong wind.

For up to date information check www.cnduk.org or www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk
Also see Campaigns: Robot Warfare  & Forthcoming Events.

Campaign Update
June 2015

The trial of the four protestors who cut the fence at RAF Waddington to protest at the use of drones has been deferred from 27 May to the 19 & 20 October at 10 am at Lincoln Magistrates Court to allow time for them to call the evidence they wish to have heard. Come and support them.

There will also be a mass demonstration at RAF Waddington
on Saturday 3 October at the start of the Drones Week of Action from 3 – 11 October 

For up to date information check www.cnduk.org or www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk"
Also see Campaigns: Robot Warfare  & Forthcoming Events.

Campaign Update
April 2015

Events 2015
Throughout 2014 monthly gatherings were held at RAF Waddington to protest about the armed Reaper drones which are controlled from the base. For most of the year they were in Afghanistan but they are now out of Afghanistan and are instead being used in Iraq and Syria.
On 5 January four protestors cut the fence and entered the base to register objection about the use of drones and through publicity to raise public awareness. Supporters were at the pre-trial hearing in February when they were charged with criminal damage. Their trial begins on Wednesday 27 May at 10 am at Lincoln Magistrates Court. Come and support them.

Fly Kites Not Drones was started last year on 21 March 21 in solidarity with young people inAfghanistan as it is their new year and the idea really caught on. So on 21 March there was again kite flying at RAF Waddington, with people all round the Country holding kite flyingevents and kite making workshops. A group of us are working on an education pack about fly kites not drones which will be available to schools in September. For more information about Fly Kites Not Drones

On 9 April a meeting hosted by the Green Party at the Magna Carta Pub in Lincoln heard Andrew Gibson (East Midlands Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), speaking on Trident & Maya Evans (Drone Campaign Network), speaking on armed drones
For up to date information check www.cnduk.org or www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk
Also see Campaigns: Robot Warfare & Forthcoming Events.

Campaign Update
October 2014

The monthly vigils have continued at RAF Waddington drawing people from around the country, and the popular Fly Kites not Drones T-shirt inaugurated on 21 March to mark the Afghan New Year is often seen on national demonstrations. On Monday 21 July the grim reaper appeared symbolising the harvesting of death in Afghanistan by our Reaper drones as we began to harvest the crops in British fields.

In August, while the MOD considered how to redeploy its fleet of ten armed reaper drones as their mission in Afghanistan comes to end, the proposal was to 'flat pack them back'! Although there were fewer of us we made a big impression as there was an air show on at just the right time and so we had a never ending stream of cars looking at our cardboard box messages.

Sunday 21 September was Peace One Day. In response the RAF base near Lincoln, from which the armed Reaper drones are controlled, shut its gates and the usual friendly police presence was replaced with much less friendly RAF police. Ironically that weekend was the weekend the Government was contemplating engaging in war again in Iraq.

The vigils continue on Tuesday 21 October and Friday 21 November.
For up to date information check www.cnduk.org or www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk
Also see Campaigns: Robot Warfare  & Forthcoming Events.

Campaign Update
July 2014

At the monthly vigil demonstrators try to make a skype link-up with Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul. Themes of the demonstrations have included Flying Kites not Drones on 21 March to mark the Afghan New Year in traditional fashion, Easter Bonnets ( 21 April) and dancing round the maypole (21 May).On 21 June the Interfaith vigil included a recital from the Quran by a Muslim beat poet, a St Francis Poem by an anarchic punk, Rev Hebden with a drone info fig tree and a very moving song about living under drones in Afghanistan by ‘Mary-Ann’, singer-song-writer duo. See www.vcnvuk.wordpress.com
The next Drone Watch Waddington is on Monday 21 July with the theme of the grim reaper harvesting death in Afghanistan - it being the Reaper drone and by then we will be harvesting many crops in British fields. Come in a grim reaper costume or perhaps wear black.
For up to date information check www.cnduk.org or www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk"
Also see Campaigns: Robot Warfare  & Forthcoming Events.

Campaign Update
April 2014

Drone Watch Waddington 123 Throughout 2014 a group will gather each month at the gates of RAF Waddington near Lincoln because it is the control base for the British Reaper drone which is killing people in Afghanistan. We are there on the 21st of every month from 1-3pm (on the A607 between Bracebridge Heath and Waddington village).
Monday 21 April is Easter Bank Holiday Monday so people are invited to come in Easter Bonnets!

On 21 March over 60 people came from the East Midlands, Norwich, Sheffield, Liverpool, Oxford, London and Hastings to fly kites in solidarity with young people in Afghanistan to celebrate their New Year in traditional fashion. We talked with some of those young people in Kabul  through skype. During that weekend over 30 groups across the country held 'Fly Kites Not Drones events'.
For up to date information check www.cnduk.org or www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk"
Also see Campaigns: Robot Warfare  & Forthcoming Events.

Campaign Update
February 2014

Drone Watch Waddington 123Throughout 2014 a group of us will be at the gates of RAF Waddington near Lincoln on the 21st of every month from 1pm until 3pm. We will be there because it is the control base for the British Reaper drone which is killing people in Afghanistan. The first Drone Watch  was held on the 21st January when 13 protestors stood in a biting wind with placards and banners and received lots of supportive honks from passing traffic.  Even more encouraging was the cheers from young people in Kabul as we skyped with the Afghan Peace Volunteers. They told us they are planning weekly vigils for peace in Afghanistan, going to different parts of the city each week. How much easier it is for us to demonstrate outside the base!

The base have held two big PR days for the media recently, concerned that the public have a poor opinion of drones. It was good to be there challenging their cosy image.

For up to date information check www.cnduk.org or www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk"
Also see Campaigns: Robot Warfare  & Forthcoming Events.

Campaign Update
November 2013

On 3rd June, the fifth anniversary of the first UK drone strike and the International Day for Child Victims of War, six peace activists were arrested after entering the RAF Waddington base to protest at the use of armed drones and to plant a peace garden. Their action on the base temporarily closed it down, disrupting the actual waging of war in what is, in effect, a war zone.

They were charged with criminal damage and appeared in Lincoln Magistrates Court on Monday 7 October, coincidentally in Drones Week of Action and the anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan! They all pleaded not guilty on the grounds they were preventing greater crime in Afghanistan but, in finding them guilty and mindful that his decision could set precedent, District Judge Stobart said: "I find, and not without some hesitation, that the lack of proximity or relationship between the defendants and those in Afghanistan who may be either targeted or hit accidentally by these drones, is insufficient. I therefore, with a very heavy heart, find all the defendants guilty”; BUT he also said that the legal issues were of such importance that  he would welcome an appeal.

A large group of supporters attended the trial, demonstrating outside the court-room with a beautiful, moving  Memorial Peace Quilt containing the names (and ages) of some of the civilians killed by drones in Pakistan.   

For more information see Campaigns: Robot Warfare and www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk"

Campaign Update
June 2013

On Saturday 27th April CND, Drone Campaign Network, Stop the War Coalition and War on Want called a national protest against the use of drones. More than 400 people from around the country joined the march from Lincoln to the rally at Helen John’s Peace Camp on the perimeter of the Waddington base. There was widespread media coverage in light of the MoD’s confirmation that drone operations had just started from the base. Speakers, including Jeremy Corbyn and Lindsey German, emphasised that this was just the beginning of the campaign to ‘Stop Britain being a launchpad for killer drones’.

For more information see Campaigns: Robot Warfare and www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk"
Campaign Update
April 2013
Saturday 27th April protest  march and rally at RAF Waddington: Ground the Drones.
Stop Britain being a launchpad for killer drones.

This spring, the UK will double its number of armed Reaper drones in Afghanistan and will for the first time begin operating drones over Afghanistan from the new facility at RAF Waddington near Lincoln. Over the past four years, the US has launched hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, with reliable reports showing thousands of people have been killed, including hundreds of children. In Afghanistan where the US and UK have launched over 1,500 drone strikes, it is simply not known how many people have perished in these strikes. In Gaza too, many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli drone strikes.
March from Lincoln to a rally outside the base at 2pm on Strurday 27 April. For up to date information check www.cnduk.org or www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk"
Also see Campaigns: Robot Warfare  & Forthcoming Events.

Campaign Update
February 2013

Stop the War Coalition and CND are planning a large protest against drones in the Spring. It is provisionally set for Saturday 13 April with a Peace Walk from Lincoln to Waddington and a protest rally outside RAF Waddington. Keep up-to-date with the plans on www.dronewars.net and for more information about the international concerns about the use of drones see Campaigns:Robot Warfare & Local Groups-Leicester.

Campaign Update
November 2012

Helen John’s caravan, stationed opposite RAF Waddington, Lincoln on the A15 throughout the summer has been visited by  campaigners from all over the East Midlands. On Sunday 23 September  a group from Yorkshire and Derbyshire commemorated  UN International Day of Peace with a  PEACE PICNIC with music, poetry and other entertainment outside the base.

During Drones Week of Action from 6th - 13th October a group of people walked from a drones factory near Lichfield to the drones factory in Leicester, finishing at the drones control base at RAF Waddington. They passed through five counties on their walk! Full report Campaigns: Robot Warfare.

The UK has just announced it is to double the number of armed RAF ‘drone’ flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan, controlled by a new squadron based at RAF Waddington. On Friday 26 October, with Chris Cole from the Drones Network, a dozen or so protesters gathered at short notice and in the freezing wind to ‘welcome’ the dignitaries arriving for ceremonial ‘standing up’ of the new 13 Squadron by the RAF at the base.

For further information on drones go to http://dronewarsuk.wordpress.com/ .

See also Campaigns: Robot Warfare and Local Groups - Leicester & Chesterfield

Campaign Update
September 2012

Helen John has established a peace camp at RAF Waddington, Lincoln on the A15  from Waddington to Sleaford in a lay by on the left, which has been visited by groups from Chesterfield, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield . A coach will be going from Sheffield to Waddington on Sunday 23 September  commemorate UN International Day of Peace with a  PEACE PICNIC with music, poetry and other entertainment outside the RAF base from where the new Reaper squadron of unmanned armed drones operating in Afghanistan will be controlled.

During Drones Week of Action from 6th - 13th October a group of people will be walking from a drones factory near Lichfield to the drones factory in Leicester, and finishing at a drones control base at RAF Waddington near Lincoln. They will pass through five counties! If you would like to get involved in any way please contact Penny Walker from Liecester CND on 01163 199487 or 07414 465695 or for more information about drones see: www.dronewars.net

For further information on Drones and the campaign against them see:Drone Wars UK dronewarsuk.wordpress.com/ A peace camp has now been established there by Helen John, the veteran Greenham Common campaigner. For details of the camp contact Yorkshire CND on 01274 730 795 or www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk

See also Campaigns: Robot Warfare and Local Groups - Leicester & Chesterfield

Sheffield and East Midlands CND members mounted a demonstration outside the base at RAF Waddington on Sunday April 1st to help raise awareness of this new, deadly form of warfare. CND members from Leicester, Chesterfield, Nottingham and Sheffield travelled to Lincoln for the demonstration. We didn’t manage to link up with Helen John, but as well as being a presence at the base gates we also leafleted in the city of Lincoln. Few of those we talked to know anything about the Waddington plan and most knew very little about drones in general. So the visit had a very useful educational role (for us too!). EMCND are connected with the national drones network and represented on its organising group. We are pleased that the drones issue figures in CND’s recent Festival leaflet as we believe that drones are significant issue for CND for four main reasons:

                    1. they and their successors will shape the future forms of warfare
                    2. they are intricately connected with Space Wars, the US spy base at Menwith Hill, Yorkshire
                    3. they threaten further close surveillance of dissenting movements and individuals and threaten civil liberties in general
                    4. discussions have already been held in the US military about using nuclear engines on drones and even using them for nuclear missiles. Though these have been so far inconclusive, they indicate directions of military thinking.


Helen John is re-establishing her peace camp  from 30 June for the duration of the summer . Women are are welcome to come and stay over, men are welcome to visit. The address is on the A15  from Waddington to Sleaford in a lay by on the left.
After this successful visit it has been decided to go again on Sunday 23 September to commemorate UN International Day of Peace. This will be a Peace Picnic hopefully with music, poetry and other entertainment. For more information and travel directions phone Lesley Mathews (tel. 01246 235723) or use google map. RAF Waddington is alongside the A15 Sleaford Road near Lincoln.
For further information on Drones and the campaign against them see:Drone Wars UK http://dronewarsuk.wordpress.com/ A peace camp has now been established there by Helen John, the veteran Greenham Common campaigner. For details of the camp contact Yorkshire CND on 01274 730 795 or www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk

For further information on Drones and the campaign against them see:Drone Wars UK http://dronewarsuk.wordpress.com/

A peace camp has now been established there by Helen John, the veteran Greenham Common campaigner. For details of the camp contact Yorkshire CND on 01274 730 795 or www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk

For more information: Campaigns: Robot Warfare and Local Groups: Leicester : Chesterfield

 
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