Campaign To Stop “Mercenaries 2: World in Flames” Print
Friday, 16 March 2007 00:00
SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois has signed on to a letter from religious leaders that is calling on U2's Bono to reconsider his investment in Pandemic Studios, a company that glorifies violence and militarization. Pandemic Studios has produced training "games" for the U.S. military and also released “Mercenaries 2: World in Flames,” an extremely realistic and vicious "game" in which the player leads a mercenary team to kill a "power hungry tyrant" that has taken control of oil supplies in Venezuela...

In April 2002, two SOA graduates, Army Commander in Chief Efrain Vasquez and General Ramirez Poveda, helped lead a failed coup in Venezuela.

Venezuela was the first Latin American country that withdrew its troops from the SOA and denounced the school.

A Sign-On Letter for Religious Leaders!
Click here to read the letter (PDF version)

Haga “Clic” aqui para español (PDF version)

Click here to see the list of signatures!

Read the latest Press Release

Read some news coverage of the campaign:
Activists ask Bono to help shoot down video game, March 21, 2007

Read the letter in French


How it all began...
On July 5th 2006, the Venezuela Solidarity Network (VSN) launched a public campaign to stop the distribution of the video game “Mercenaries 2: World in Flames”, the game that depicts the virtual invasion of Venezuela, the overthrow of the government, the destruction of major Venezuelan cities and rural areas, and the takeover of the oil industry.

The public campaign was launched after there was no response from the game producer (Pandemic Studios) or from Bono of U2 and his investment company, Elevation Partners, the company that has invested $300 million in Pandemic Studios.

Find out more about the campaign against Bono and Mercenaries 2.

(Screenshot from www.mercs2.com. (C) 2006 Pandemic Studios, LLC)
RESOURCES

Mercs 2 Factsheet
Spanish (PDF)
English (PDF)

Orignial Letter
to Bono

Spanish (PDF)
English (PDF)

Orignial VSN Press Release

James Jordan, who is active in the U.S. Venezuela Solidarity Network, composed a song to highlight the hypocrisy of Bono’s business dealings.

Links to the song, Bono’s Creed of Greed