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Woman who held 35-year protest outside White House dies

Published 27/01/2016 | 11:41

Concepcion Picciotto as she sits across the street from the White House March 4, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Concepcion Picciotto as she sits across the street from the White House March 4, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A woman who held a 35-year protest outside the White House in the US has died.

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Concepcion Picciotto maintained a peace vigil in Lafayette Park across from the White House for more than three decades.

Her demonstration, an anti-nuclear vigil stationed along Pennsylvania Avenue, is widely considered to be the longest-running act of political protest in US history.

Ms Picciotto died on Monday, January 25, in Washington DC. The Washington Post reports that she died at a housing facility operated by N Street Village, an NGO that supports homeless women in the city.

She was born Concepción Martín in Vigo, Spain, in 1945, and emigrated to the US at the age of 18.  

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