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‘Peace Flotilla’ to protest during SF Fleet Week airshow

– Not everyone is a fan of the Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornets and the annual assembly of Navy ships along the waterfront.

On Sunday, as the Blue Angels and other aircraft zoom overhead during their final performance for this year’s Fleet Week events, activists below are planning to protest the display of military hardware with a “Peace Flotilla”.

Three boats, bearing banners with peace messages and a sail with a large peace sign, will converge from around the bay at noon and sail along the shore near Fort Mason and Marina Green, said spokeswoman Jackie Barshak.

Some of two dozen protesters involved will also hand out flyers on shore, she said.

“We are asking families to avoid the air show and the entertainment value of promoting war,” Barshak said.

Members of CodePink, Veterans for Peace and other peace organizations are taking part in the protest.

“The U.S. military uses the Blue Angels Air Show to bolster recruitment, the aerial acrobatics are designed to lure and recruit youth to serve in war,” according to a statement from Veterans for Peace.

The activists will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, 1340 Way S. and another at 11:30 a.m. at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

 

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