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Prior to the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, no army sent more troops to be trained at the SOA than Somoza's National Guard. In 1996 the Pentagon was forced to admit that torture was taught at the SOA when the training manuals were revealed to the public. Withdrawal from the SOA is a way of honoring the thousands of lives lost in Nicaragua at the hands of National Guard who trained at this institute and who led the Contra attacks against the Nicaraguan people.
For 20 years after the Triumph Nicaragua did not send troops to the SOA. Under the Bolaños government, Nicaragua's military officers again began attending SOA training at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
The Nicaragua Network and SOA Watch coordinated a petition campaign to appeal to Nicaraguan President Ortega you to give his solidarity support to the efforts to close the School of the Americas by pulling Nicaragua out of the SOA/WHINSEC.

Five countries have announced that they would withdrawal from the SOA: Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Bolivia.

The announcement of Nicaragua´s withdrawal could be the final step to close the doors of the SOA. Our hope is that the withdrawal announcement of a 6th country will give the necessary momentum to close the school.

William Rodríguez, the Encuentro representative from Nicaragua will hand the petition signatures to the Ortega administration.

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