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Outrage Over Obama’s Drone Policy Hits the Streets of San Francisco!

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Outrage Over Obama’s Drone Policy Hits the Streets of San Francisco!

President Barack Obama paid a visit to lefty San Francisco where he received an earful from demonstrators. On Monday, November 25, 2013, he spoke at an immigration reform gathering and two high-roller fundraisers . Activists with CODEPINK, World Can’t Wait and other community groups staged two-days of protest against President Obama’s drone policy. The activists state that Obama’s drone policy is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in Pakistan and Yemen, and since he has taken office deadly drone strikes have increased. The targeted assassinations have become easier for the Obama administration, but those targeted are denied a fair trial, imposing the death penalty regardless of the nation in which the killing is conducted.

On the eve of President Obama’s visit, the films Unmanned: America’s Drone War and Wounds of Waziristan were screened across the street from the SF JAZZ Center, a site for a major DCCC fundraiser. The outdoor guerrilla screening was met with an outpouring of support from the local community.

Photo credit: Steve Rhodes

Photo credit: Steve Rhodes

On Monday, November 25, 2013, CODEPINK and others assembled at Patricia’s Green on Octavia Blvd and Hayes Street in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley to march to the SF Jazz Center where a lively protest and die-in against US/CIA drone strikes was staged.

PHOTO by Jehan

Code pink protestors rally at Octavia park during President Barack Obama’s luncheon fundraiser at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco, Calif., before they get ready to march on Monday, November 25, 2013. Protesters say that Obama’s drone policy is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in Pakistan and Yemen. Photo: Liz Hafalia, Chronicle

Sam, a member of Iraq Veterans Against War lays on the street during President Barack Obama’s luncheon fundraiser at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, November 25, 2013. Protesters say that Obama’s drone policy is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in Pakistan and Yemen. Photo: Liz Hafalia, Chronicle

Code pink protestor Toby Blome (in pink) from El Cerrito lays on the street during President Barack Obama’s luncheon fundraiser at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, November 25, 2013. Protesters say that Obama’s drone policy is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in Pakistan and Yemen. Photo: Liz Hafalia, Chronicle

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  • Blain Miller

    I just watched the “real news” clip on Drone killing by remote control. What I can’t wrap my head around is what the con’s are? I served in Afghanistan as an infantryman and I am completely against any American loss of life, so if a pilot in Nevada can do my job than I’m all for it. It’s war and it’s hell over there. Civilian casualties are always going to be an extremely unfortunate side effect of war. It’s going to happen regardless of the weapon that it is shot from ,but if that weapon won’t put an American life in harms way than by all means President Obama should take full advantage.

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