Thousands Protest at US Army School of the Americas 12/4/98

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Last week, as many as 7,000 people showed up at Fort Benning, outside of Atlanta, to protest the continued operation of the Army's "School of the Americas" which is housed at the base. The school, which trains specially selected personnel culled from the militaries of Central and South America, is known to its detractors as the "School of the Assassins". It counts among its 60,000 graduates Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega, former Argentine dictator Leopoldo Galtieri, Haitian coup leader Raoul Cedras and Salvadoran death squad organizer the late Roberto D'Aubuisson.

According to organizers, more than 2,300 people risked arrest by entering the base. The protest was by far the largest of the eight, which have been held annually since 1990. Last year, more than 600 people were arrested for entering the base, and more than thirty of them served six month sentences because it was their second such offense.

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