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Woman who held 30-year vigil outside the White House dies

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Washington, UNITED STATES: Concepcion Picciotto, who along with William Thomas has been holding a 24-hour peace vigil in Lafayette Park in front of the White House for the past 25 years, poses across the street from the US presidential office and residence in Washington 03 June 2006. The vigil was started 03 June 1981 by Thomas, joined a few months later by Picciotto. The two alternate in six-hour shifts to provide their 24-hour presence. AFP PHOTO/Tim SLOAN

WASHINGTON – Concepcion Picciotto, the protester who maintained a three-decade peace vigil outside the White House that was widely considered to be the longest-running act of political protest in U.S. history, has died.

She was believed to be 80.

The Washington Post reports Picciotto died Monday at a housing facility for homeless women.

Schroeder Stribling, executive director of N Street Village, says Picciotto had recently suffered a fall, but the cause of death was not yet known.

Picciotto, a Spanish immigrant, was the primary guardian of the anti-nuclear-proliferation vigil stationed along Pennsylvania Avenue.

She was quoted in 2013 as saying she protested outside the White House for more than 30 years to “stop the world from being destroyed.”

According to the Washington Post, Picciotto said her peace vigil outside the White House was meant to remind others to take whatever action they could and to help end wars and stop violence, particularly against children.