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Protesters outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The group Stopp Ramstein -- no Drone War organized the event, demonstrating against the U.S. drone program overseas.

Protesters outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The group Stopp Ramstein -- no Drone War organized the event, demonstrating against the U.S. drone program overseas. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Protesters outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The group Stopp Ramstein -- no Drone War organized the event, demonstrating against the U.S. drone program overseas.

Protesters outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The group Stopp Ramstein -- no Drone War organized the event, demonstrating against the U.S. drone program overseas. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Protesters sing during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Hundreds of people gathered in opposition to the base being used as a satellite relay station in the U.S. drone program overseas.

Protesters sing during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Hundreds of people gathered in opposition to the base being used as a satellite relay station in the U.S. drone program overseas. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

A boy covers his ears during loud applause at a protest outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

A boy covers his ears during loud applause at a protest outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Musical artist Prinz Chaos II warms up before performing at a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

Musical artist Prinz Chaos II warms up before performing at a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

A protester shows a sign to traffic during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The demonstration was organized to oppose the base being used in the U.S. drone program overseas.

A protester shows a sign to traffic during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The demonstration was organized to oppose the base being used in the U.S. drone program overseas. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Protesters listen to speakers during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Hundreds of people gathered in opposition to the base being used as a satellite relay station in the U.S. drone program overseas.

Protesters listen to speakers during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Hundreds of people gathered in opposition to the base being used as a satellite relay station in the U.S. drone program overseas. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Traffic makes its way through a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Several hundred people gathered to protest military activities at the base.

Traffic makes its way through a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Several hundred people gathered to protest military activities at the base. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Protesters listen to a speaker during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Several hundred people gathered to protest military activities at the base.

Protesters listen to a speaker during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Several hundred people gathered to protest military activities at the base. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

A protester flashes the peace sign to traffic during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

A protester flashes the peace sign to traffic during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

A protestor wears a shirt with the Stopp Ramstein - no Drone War logo during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

A protestor wears a shirt with the Stopp Ramstein - no Drone War logo during a demonstration outside Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Carrying signs telling the U.S. military “to go home” and “to stop war,” hundreds gathered for several hours outside Ramstein Air Base on Saturday, peacefully protesting against the ongoing military activities supported by the base.

The Berlin-based alliance Stop Ramstein – no Drone War organized the demonstration.

Protesters representing various political and peace organizations from all over Germany staged by the train station in Landstuhl before walking to the parking lot outside the base’s West Gate. One lane was blocked off, and protesters marched from the parking lot to the traffic circle while dozens of German police officers stood by in partial riot gear.

One of the aims of the demonstration was to call for the end of the base’s alleged use as a satellite relay station in the U.S. drone program overseas. As such, one sign in English read: “No to the killer terror drones.”

Another sign said: “The war is over, you can go home now.”

Most protesters were friendly, flashing peace signs to passers-by. Led by a couple of German folk singers and a rapper, they sang songs, waved their arms and clapped. A few marched barefoot.

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