Picciotto, who protested outside White House for decades, dies

WASHINGTON: A female protester who devoted more than three decades of her life to maintaining a peace vigil outside the White House has died at the age of about 80.

Concepcion Picciotto, who persisted through cold and rough weather, was considered a fixture outside the White House since 1981 when she embarked upon a demonstration that is believed to have become the longest-running act of political protest in US history.

Picciotto, a Spanish immigrant known to many as “Connie,” died on January 25 at a housing facility operated by N Street Village, a nonprofit organization that supports homeless women in Washington.

She was considered an icon of anti-nuclear-proliferation vigil held in a park on the northern side of the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue, and rallied against “corruption” in Washington.

In 2013, she told the Washington Post that she had spent more than 30 years of her life protesting “to stop the world from being destroyed.”

Picciotto said her vigil was meant to inspire others to take whatever small action they could to help end wars.

Against a background of hand-painted signs with messages like, "Live by the bomb, Die by the bomb," or “You paid Israel to kill this child,” she handed out pamphlets and called on people to denounce violence.

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