White House protester Concepción Picciotto dies after 35-year vigil
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Concepción Picciotto, a 80-year-old Spanish-born nuclear disarmament activist who camped in front of the White House for more than three decades, has died, colleagues said Tuesday.
The diminutive weather-worn protester who manned a placard-festooned tent in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue through Washington’s brutal summers and winters since 1981 died Monday, according to The Peace House, a group to which she belonged.
“Connie’s health was not well for the past couple of years. Therefore, we hope she finds peace where she may be,” the group said in a statement.
Concepción Picciotto was a divisive figure, earning respect for her endurance but derision for embracing sometimes controversial views.
There were also persistent questions about her mental health.
Picciotto and her colleagues were a regular attraction for tourists gathered in front of one of the world’s most famous landmarks.
On Tuesday, a fellow protester manned the encampment beside a sign that read “Concepcion R.I.P” as a group of Argentine tourists clad in snow gear snapped photos.
“She manned the White House Anti-Nuclear Peace Vigil the longest,” said Peace House. “She stayed there through thick and thin and was dedicated to a cause that sometimes seemed to be like an unhealthy relationship.”
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