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In halls of the UN, Pakistan officials raise drone protest

Outside UN, US grandmothers take the protest to the streets

What: Photo Op – Drones Protest w/model Reaper drones coinciding with Pakistan UN Speech
When and Where: Friday Sept 27, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
(a)  Fox News, 1211 6th Ave bet 47th & 48th St
(b)  NBC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (49th St) between 5th & 6th Ave
(c)  Times Square, 46th & 7th Avenue

Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his delegation will raise the issue of US drone strikes in its tribal regions at the UN Security Council debate on the Role of Small Arms in Conflict on Thursday, September 26, and in the speech of the Prime Minister to the General Assembly on Friday, September 27.

US peace and justice advocates will protest in midtown at the same time, displaying 1/5 scale models of Reaper drones to educate the US public and win support for Pakistani outrage against US drone killings.

"They won't let us get near the UN, but we will be out in the streets in other parts Manhattan to draw attention to the disgraceful conduct of the United States in Pakistan and other countries in the region," said Joan Pleune of the Granny Peace Brigade. "It is particularly important that we do this now, at this moment when the eyes of the world are on New York City during the UN General Assembly meeting and there is heightened attention to the Obama Administration's targeted killing by drone," she said.

The intensified focus by both the Pakistan government and US activists on US drone killings in Pakistan coincides with a growing controversy over the attempts by the US government to block the visit to the US of the leading legal advocate for victims of US drone strikes – Shahzad Akbar. "Representative Alan Grayson, D-FL 9th District, has invited the family of a 67-year-old female Pakistani drone victim to testify before Congress. However, the Department of State has blocked their lawyer, Shahzad Akbar, from appearing before a Congressional ad hoc hearing with the family. Without Mr. Akbar, Rafiq and his family will be unable to come to DC, and their story will never be heard," says filmmaker Robert Greenwald.


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