Fort Wayne For Peace Protest Use Of Drones

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

April 13, 2014 Updated Apr 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Community members take the time to remember innocent casualties of other countries that have been subject to drone attacks.

Fort Wayne for Peace, as part of April Days of Action Against Drones, hosted an event Sunday afternoon at Headwaters Park, called, “Fly Kites, Not Drones.”

Protesters say kite flying is a favorite pastime for Afghans, although protesters say it's been banned by the Taliban.

Participants say they're flying kites to remember the victims and their families in Afghanistan, Somalia , Yemen and other countries where U.S. drones have killed innocent civilians.

“And people live in fear of a hellfire missile coming out of the clouds and destroying their wedding party or just as they're going about their normal activities. An operator way back in the United States can decide this is suspicious and decide to kill them,” said Time Tiernon with Fort Wayne for Peace.

Organizers gave demonstrations on the Afghan art of kite flying, and prizes were awarded for the most creative and the highest flying.

Fort Wayne for Peace has been active in the Fort Wayne area since 2002.

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