FT. BENNING, Ga. — Nearly 600 protesters attempting to deliver petitions calling for the closing of the Army's School of the Americas were arrested Sunday after defying police orders and entering Ft. Benning.
The demonstrators--including priests, nuns, veterans and students--marched for two miles carrying eight cardboard coffins filled with the petitions. The school's headquarters is just inside the post.
Nearly 2,000 people gathered for the demonstration, which ended a four-day vigil marking the eighth anniversary of the slaying of six Jesuit priests and two women in El Salvador. Protesters say 19 of the 26 military officers cited in the killings had attended the School of Americas.
"We are growing in number. We are never going to stop until we close the School of the Americas," said the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, founder of the protest group SOA Watch.