Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yemeni activists launch anti-drone campaign on Twitter

By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A, May 17, 2012- Yemeni activists launched a Twitter campaign online to convince the U.S. to stop using drone strikes in Yemen, which are believed to have killed numerous civilians across the country.
The campaign is centered around the key words “No Drones” and asks web users from all over the world to take action to urge the United States to stop using drones in their fight on terrorism in the Arabian Peninsula.
According to France 24, many web users believe the American drone attacks are in fact counterproductive and only serve to feed terrorism in Yemen. They say that more often than not, civilians are the main victims of the air raids, and instead of carrying out these blind attacks, it would be more productive for the United States to try and help in different ways, by setting up food programs for example.
"British based organization « Stop the war coalition » has posted this video to its YouTube channel. We see Yemeni villagers relate their ordeal of being caught up in a violent air raid. 46 innocent civilians are thought to have been killed in this particular attack, many of them children and women. Moving accounts, in which they also remind the American authorities they should not be fighting terrorism at the expense of local populations," the website reported.

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