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She was one of the first women to chain herself to a fence on Greenham Common 30 years ago to protest against nuclear weapons. Now veteran campaigner Helen John has started her newest demonstration.
The 74-year-old has set up camp outside RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. She's worried about the use of unmanned missile drones and says she's prepared to stay there indefinitely.
A peace campaigner who has set up a new camp outside RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire says she is prepared to stay there indefinitely. Helen John, 74, is hoping other people will join her demonstration against the use of unmanned missile drones, driven by remote-control.
A banner on the tent being used by a veteran peace campaigner who has moved onto land opposite RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire brands the air base 'assassins' for its involvement in the use of unmanned 'Reaper' drones. Helen John is living at the site with her dog.
The banner on the outside of her tent reads:
RAF Waddington (Murder Inc) Peace Camp. Grim reaper drones smash flesh and bones in oil rich lands far away guided by geeks, computer freaks, assassins.
Killing by remote control is a Nazi trait simply brought up to date breaking international humanitarian law. Fact. Murder is always unlawful.
The RAF has responded to a demonstration by veteran peace campaigner Helen John outside its base at Waddington in Lincolnshire. The 74 year old has set up camp in a caravan and tent to voice her opposition to the use of unmanned drone aircraft by the military.
The Royal Air Force insists that that while the air base will be used as a ground control station, there are no plans to fly the RAF Reaper in the UK. A spokesperson explained that the system is not autonomous and their use in Afghanistan is as closely controlled as regular planes.
74-year-old peace campaigner Helen John has set up camp outside RAF Waddington in protest at the use of unmanned drones by the military. She says she will stay there indefinitely. Her 17-year-old dog Charlie is keeping her company during the protest.