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Huge protest at School of the Americas

By staff |
November 22, 2009
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Fort Benning, GA - 15,000 people from across the U.S. and Latin America protested this weekend at Fort Benning, Georgia to say, “Shut down the School of Assassins.” The School of the Americas (SOA) trains military officers to run death squads in Latin America. In Colombia, these U.S.-trained military leaders conduct the dirty war against union workers. They shoot farmers and those trying to build a better life for themselves and their children.

Sarah Buchner from University of North Carolina-Asheville Students for a Democratic Society said, “I traveled to Colombia this summer to see for myself what those trained in Georgia at the SOA do. It was terrible. We heard story after story of the horrible disappearances and executions done by graduates of the School of Americas. These people are murderers. We must shut down the School of Americas!”