Drone attacks are unjust and illegal: Activist
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
An American antiwar activist told Press TV on Monday that drone strikes by the United States, wherever they take place, are “unjust, illegal and violations of international law.”
The strikes are “causing really a situation of terror for the populations that live under the drone,” said Richard Becker, a regional coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, a US-based protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.
The United States has launched numerous drone attacks in Yemen that have killed many innocent civilians over the past few years.
Twelve separate US drone attacks have killed 49 people in Yemen during the past two weeks.
American drone attacks have resulted in “great psychological problems for people who are living in these areas as well as many, many, many now thousands of people who have been killed and wounded,” Becker said.
The US has carried drone attacks in various countries, including Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Becker said “the US is not at war with these countries and has taken this aggressive action without regard to the consequences for the civilian population.”
“There is no justification for these drone strikes and we, along with people all over the country and all over the world are demanding an end to the US drone strikes in Yemen, in Pakistan and elsewhere,” he concluded.