Peace News readers are invited to join Cymdeithas y Cymod (the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales) on their pilgrimage to the military training ground on Epynt in mid-Wales on 25 June.
The area between Epynt and Aberporth on Cardigan Bay is one of the two places in Europe where testing drones is permitted. These unmanned aeroplanes are part of the recent development in robots used as arms. Those used in Afghanistan and Libya are controlled thousands of miles away in a centre in Nevada in the USA through satellite communication technology. This has the effect that many innocent civilians are killed because of misinterpreting images on video screens that are so far away from the battlefield.
Join us (at your own risk) on our pilgrimage to Epynt to show our objection to testing these drones in the air above Wales and to send a message to the governments in Whitehall and Cardiff Bay that the militarisation of Wales is not welcome.
We will set off at 2pm from the Shoemakers Arms, Pentrebach, Sennybridge, Brecon, LD3 8UB for the remains of Babell chapel, which is within the army’s training area. Reverend Guto Prys ap Gwynfor will lead a service there at 2.30pm.
Following the service we will visit the mock village built by the army for practicing house-to-house fighting. We will commemorate some of the civilians killed by drone strikes by writing their names onto the gravestones in the mock graveyard