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...Nov. Protests Against U.S. Army's School of the Americas Most Successful Yet
08 Dec 2001
Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus attended this year's protests in Georgia on Nov. 17 and 18 and filed this report (A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org).
Organizers Say November Protests Against U.S. Army's School of the Americas Most Successful Yet

Interview by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

For the past dozen years, ever larger protests have taken place around Nov. 16 at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. That date marks the anniversary of the 1989 murders in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests, and their housekeeper and her daughter toward the end of that nation's U.S.-backed counterinsurgency war. A subsequent congressional investigation of the murders revealed that some of the perpetrators had ties to the U.S. Army's School of the Americas, or SOA, a program based at Fort Benning that over the past 50 years has trained thousands of Latin American military leaders. A significant number of them have returned to their home countries to carry out terrorist attacks on their own people, including rape, kidnapping and murder. In an effort to mute opposition, Congress recently changed the school's name to the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation."

In 1990, Catholic priest Roy Bourgeois founded an organization called SOA Watch, whose goal it is to end U.S. funding for the School of the Americas. As a Maryknoll priest, Bourgeois has lived and worked in Latin America, seeing first hand the results of the kind of terror inflicted by the graduates of the school.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus attended this year's protests in Georgia on Nov. 17 and 18 and filed this report.

Contact the School of the Americas Watch by calling (202) 234-3440 or visit their Web site at www.soaw.org

To receive Between The Lines Weekly Summary and/or Q&A, email btlsummary-subscribe (at) topica.com and/or btlqa-subscribe (at) topica.com
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http://www.wpkn.org/wpkn/news/btl121401.html
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