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November 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Police arrested 1,700 protesters who had marched into Ft. Benning in Columbus, demanding the closing of the Army's School of the Americas, a training center for Latin American soldiers. About twice that number, including actor Martin Sheen, had entered the post, chanting and carrying cardboard coffins and crosses, while others continued the protest outside the gates. The demonstrations have been spearheaded for 11 years by Roy Bourgeois, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Bolivia.
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November 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio said the thinking that produced an Army school blamed for human-rights abuses in Latin America is the same type that led the U.S. to war in Iraq and could cause it to raid Iran. Kucinich was speaking to a crowd police estimated at 10,000 at the 18th annual protest of the school at Ft. Benning that trains Latin American soldiers, police and government officials.
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NEWS
November 17, 1997 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Police arrested 1,700 protesters who had marched into Ft. Benning in Columbus, demanding the closing of the Army's School of the Americas, a training center for Latin American soldiers. About twice that number, including actor Martin Sheen, had entered the post, chanting and carrying cardboard coffins and crosses, while others continued the protest outside the gates. The demonstrations have been spearheaded for 11 years by Roy Bourgeois, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Bolivia.
NEWS
November 22, 1999 | From Reuters
Thousands of protesters entered the military base housing the U.S. Army's academy for Latin American soldiers Sunday in the largest protest ever against the school critics call a training ground for dictators and assassins. "We do not want this school of war," said the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, founder of the 9-year-old movement to close the School of the Americas at sprawling Ft. Benning. "It can only be closed.
NEWS
May 21, 1994 | Times Wire Services
The House of Representatives rejected an effort Friday to close down an Army school for Latin American military officers that opponents called a "School of the Dictators." The 217-175 vote killed an amendment that would have barred the Pentagon from spending any money on the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Ga. It marked the second time in less than a year that the House has backed the controversial school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA
About 20 members of Veterans for Peace Inc. and other Orange County groups began a two-day vigil and fast on the steps of the Santa Ana Federal Building on Monday in opposition to the U.S. Army's School of the Americas, which activists describe as a "school for assassins." The local protest coincides with the start of a 40-day fast by an American priest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County activists hope to join an annual nationwide protest for the first time by demonstrating today against the U.S. Army's School of the Americas, a training program for Latin American military and police officers. Protesters, who plan an all-day march from Santa Ana to Garden Grove to Orange, contend that the school is responsible for supporting military oppression abroad.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio said the thinking that produced an Army school blamed for human-rights abuses in Latin America is the same type that led the U.S. to war in Iraq and could cause it to raid Iran. Kucinich was speaking to a crowd police estimated at 10,000 at the 18th annual protest of the school at Ft. Benning that trains Latin American soldiers, police and government officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1994
Undersecretary of the Army Joe R. Reeder characterizes the horrific acts attributable to graduates of the U.S. Army's School of the Americas (including the massacre of the Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador) as "ignoring civil rights" (letter, May 19). This callous description of the facts illustrates why the school should be closed, and why Reeder should be retired. PAUL HORGAN Huntington Beach
NEWS
November 22, 1999 | From Reuters
Thousands of protesters entered the military base housing the U.S. Army's academy for Latin American soldiers Sunday in the largest protest ever against the school critics call a training ground for dictators and assassins. "We do not want this school of war," said the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, founder of the 9-year-old movement to close the School of the Americas at sprawling Ft. Benning. "It can only be closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County activists hope to join an annual nationwide protest for the first time by demonstrating today against the U.S. Army's School of the Americas, a training program for Latin American military and police officers. Protesters, who plan an all-day march from Santa Ana to Garden Grove to Orange, contend that the school is responsible for supporting military oppression abroad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1999 | AMELIA SIMPSON, Amelia Simpson is author of two books on Latin America and is finishing a book on human rights and military ethics with her husband, Lawrence Rockwood
This weekend the School of the Americas Watch will conduct its annual protest at Ft. Benning, Ga., in its campaign to close the United States Army School of the Americas because "graduates have committed atrocity after atrocity." As a Latin Americanist who has no illusions about the United States' role in supporting venal regimes, dirty wars and terror by proxy in that region, I believe that our policies and approaches have been reprehensible and must change.
NEWS
November 17, 1997 | Associated Press
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.
OPINION
April 16, 1995
Congratulations to Frank del Olmo for his excellent article (Commentary, April 3) about the U.S. Army's infamous School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, Ga. This school is just as guilty as the CIA for the recently reported atrocities in Guatemala. And the SOA's connection to gross human rights violations certainly does not end with Guatemala. As Del Olmo correctly asserts, it is difficult to think of a coup or human rights outrage in Latin America over the last 40 years which has not involved graduates of the SOA. I join him in encouraging Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.
NEWS
May 21, 1994 | Times Wire Services
The House of Representatives rejected an effort Friday to close down an Army school for Latin American military officers that opponents called a "School of the Dictators." The 217-175 vote killed an amendment that would have barred the Pentagon from spending any money on the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Ga. It marked the second time in less than a year that the House has backed the controversial school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1999 | AMELIA SIMPSON, Amelia Simpson is author of two books on Latin America and is finishing a book on human rights and military ethics with her husband, Lawrence Rockwood
This weekend the School of the Americas Watch will conduct its annual protest at Ft. Benning, Ga., in its campaign to close the United States Army School of the Americas because "graduates have committed atrocity after atrocity." As a Latin Americanist who has no illusions about the United States' role in supporting venal regimes, dirty wars and terror by proxy in that region, I believe that our policies and approaches have been reprehensible and must change.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA
About 20 members of Veterans for Peace Inc. and other Orange County groups began a two-day vigil and fast on the steps of the Santa Ana Federal Building on Monday in opposition to the U.S. Army's School of the Americas, which activists describe as a "school for assassins." The local protest coincides with the start of a 40-day fast by an American priest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
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