Space Week Events to Highlight Drones
On October 3-10 a week of local protest events to Keep Space for Peace will be held worldwide.
Each fall the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space organizes Keep Space for Peace Week: International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space. These events are intended to help educate the public about the need to prevent the arms race from moving into the heavens.
According to Global Network Coordinator Bruce Gagnon, “The space week protests represent the largest grassroots global expression against moving the arms race into space. This year we are highlighting the U.S. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are flown over Afghanistan and Pakistan by pilots sitting at computer terminals on bases back inside the US. This new high-tech satellite directed warfare is indeed death at a distance but the mounting civilian casualties reveals that the blood is still on our hands. We believe it is time to open our eyes and stop the military’s use of space for war on Earth.”
Dave Webb, the Vice-Chair of Great Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and also the chairperson of the Global Network, says, ““All of these operations, the remote control of robots and the integration with other war-fighting systems to provide a global reach of power and devastation, are all made possible through satellite communication technology. We are trying to remind everyone what kind of a destabilizing future these systems could create. We must not allow these technologies to go unchallenged. Indeed we must do all we can to stop the spread and rule of violence and destruction.”
The October 3-10 actions are being co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, and the World March for Peace & Non-Violence. Protests are expected at city centers and key space related factories and military bases. Educational forums will be held and space videos would be shown throughout the week.
To see the list of Space Week protest sites check www.space4peace.org