Obama's new military base in Chile Print
An SOA Watch delegation protested this week against the installation of a military training center that is situated in the port city of Concón in the central Chilean province of Valparaíso, and paid for by the U.S. Southern Command. Watch a video of the protest here: http://youtu.be/zuUj1VMChMg

While local authorities and the U.S. military claim that Concón will be used for training armed forces deployed for peacekeeping operations, human rights groups believes the base is aimed at controlling and repressing civilian populations. For Chilean civil society, which has longtime experience with U.S. interventionism going back to the days of the Pinochet military dictatorship, the Concón base raises eyebrows. The actual design of the base - which simulates an urban zone with eight buildings as well as sidewalks and roads - suggests that the Chilean military is interested in repressing protest. According to United Press International, Concón "is growing into a major destination for regional military trainers and defense industry contractors."

From Concón, Chile to the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia:
Shut Down the SOA!

Led by SOA Watch Latin America Coordinator and torture survivor Pablo Ruiz, a delegation of SOA Watch activists is currently on the ground in Chile, where they are standing with tens of thousands of Chileans, in commemorating the martyrs whose lives were lost by the dictatorship. From these ashes of the past, a new Chile is arising, thanks to the valiant efforts of Chilean students and Mapuche people who refuse to accept the the neoliberal model imposed by Pinochet and designed by US economists.

From November 22-24, 2013, we will carry our protest to the place where the killers are still being trained: Fort Benning, Georgia. Join torture survivors, and social movement activists from Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and from across the Americas and take a stand against the School of the Americas and oppressive U.S. foreign policy. The November Vigil has evolved into one of the largest annual anti-militarization gatherings in the hemisphere, with concerts, workshops, strategy sessions, protests, street theater and nonviolent direct action. Make your travel plans now and join us from November 22-24, 2013 at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia!

For more information, visit SOAW.org/november