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|Emergency Protest: FREE KAREEM KHAN!|
|Date||Friday February 14|
|Time||12:00 PM - 1:00 PM|
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One Market Street
Bay Area activists from Code Pink, World Can't Wait, Veterans for Peace and others will protest the kidnapping last week of Kareem Khan, a U.S. drone victim, under very suspicious circumstances.
The protest will be held at the U.S. State Department building at 1 Market Street, San Francisco from 12 noon to 1 pm on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
Kareem Khan's brother and teenage son were killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan in 2009. He has been seeking legal accountability ever since.
Kareem was scheduled to testify about drone strikes in 3 European parliaments this week (Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands). Just days before his planned departure he was kidnapped last Wednesday by men in Pakistani police uniforms! His whereabouts are completely unknown.
On Tuesday Amnesty International said: "We are concerned that prominent human rights activist Kareem Khan may have been disappeared to prevent him from giving testimony overseas about US drone strikes in Pakistan."
Toby Blome of S.F. Code Pink met Kareem as part of a Code Pink/ Veterans for Peace delegation to Pakistan in 2012, and will be speaking at this demonstration.
A giant model Predator Drone will join the rally to represent the horrors that people in North Waziristan, Pakistan face daily, with drones flying in their skies 24/7.
“We demand an immediate investigation and answers from the U.S. government, and under such mysterious circumstances hold the U.S. accountable should they take no significant action,” says Toby Blome, CodePink organizer. “It’s an abomination that a man whose family members were wrongfully killed by U.S. drone strikes should face such brutal treatment for merely seeking legal justice. We demand Kareem be released!”