On the 9th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan, activists from Foreign Policy in Focus, CODEPINK, and Pax Christi joined together to perform “Mock Drone Attacks” in Washington DC. Commuters were surprised at Dupont Circle, Union Station, and the Capital as the sound of a drone blasted from a boombox and performers froze in place before collapsing to the ground with screams.
Accompanying this visualization of a mock drone attack, flyers were dispersed to give bystanders narratives of actual civilians killed by drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as basic information about drones. The action closed by everyone returning to their feet and chanting what appeared on a banner: End the Afghan War, Stop Drone Attacks! These actions were part of the International Days of Action to End the Afghanistan War–October 7-10, 2010.
Pax Christi have produced a ‘how to’ guide for doing ‘mock drone attack’ street theatre and also a flyer to handout to passers-by.