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Protesters in Atlanta speak out against drones

Tuesday - 5/28/2013, 4:35pm  ET

Demonstrators protest against the use of drones outside the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Atlanta. Conference organizers say the gathering allows representatives from academia, industry and government to discuss expansion of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly called drones. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

KATE BRUMBACK
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- About two dozen protesters gathered in Atlanta to protest the use of drones by the U.S. government for spying, surveillance and carrying out lethal attacks.

The demonstrators rallied Tuesday outside a hotel where representatives from academia, industry and government held a technical conference on unmanned aircraft systems.

Protest organizer Bob Goodman of the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition says that "in the wrong hands," drones can be used for "lawless and destructive" practices.

Conference organizers say the protesters might have misunderstood the purpose of the conference, which they say is focused largely on civilian use of the technology, such as for wildfire monitoring or emergency response.


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