Drone Protesters Arrested At RAF Base In Lincolnshire
Banners on the perimeter fence of RAF Waddington, Linconshire, protesting against armed drones. Photograph: Matthew Cooper/PA
Four people campaigning against Britain’s use of armed drones have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.
Lincolnshire police said two men in their early 50s and two women aged 30 and 64 were detained at RAF Waddington on Monday.
Waddington, near Lincoln, has been the focus of recent protests over Britain’s operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, which are controlled from the base.
In a statement issued to the BBC, a group calling itself End the Drone Wars named those involved in the protest and said they were from Oxford, Coventry, Nottingham and Leicester.
In its statement, the group said: “We come to RAF Waddington to say a clear ‘No’ to the growing normalisation and acceptability of drone warfare.
“Thanks to the marketing of drone war as ‘risk-free’, ‘precise’ and above all ‘humanitarian’, war has been rehabilitated and accepted as virtually normal by those who see little or nothing of the impact on the ground thousands of miles away.”