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Aztec ConquistadoresThe Americas have a brutal history of colonialism, slavery, war, racism and exploitation. Five hundred years ago, the colonial powers depended on the conquistadors for brutal military repression in order to exploit the wealth of Latin America.

The conquest continues today as the region's highly profitable natural resources are extracted by multinational corporations with little or no benefit returning to the people. And, as in the colonial era, indiscriminate military force is used to control the people of Latin America, forcing them from their land and attempting to stifle widespread opposition to injustice and exploitation. WHINSEC LogoThe purpose of the School of the Americas has always been to maintain U.S. hegemony over the Western Hemisphere, to keep it safe for economic exploitation disguised as “investment,” and to maintain white supremacy over non-white populations.

But military repression has not gone unchallenged. The Americas also have a strong legacy of resistance. From the Mapuche struggle for land and autonomy against the conquistadors to the successful fight against the water privatization in Cochabamba in Bolivia in 2000 - no decade has passed without seeing people coming together to fight subjugation.

In March 2006, SOA Watch leaders Carlos Mauricio, Lisa Sullivan-Rodriguez and Father Roy Bourgeois will travel to Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay while another delegation of human rights activists will visit Argentina and Uruguay to strengthen ties with activists in the South. Carlos Mauricio writes about the upcoming trip: “In the United States, the movement to close the School of the Americas is being carried by thousands, and it continues to grow every day. Meanwhile in Latin America, many people, especially human rights activists and members of the opposition, know that atrocities in their respective countries are being perpetrated by soldiers who were trained at the School of the Americas. Therefore, the unification of the forces to close the school of murderers is vital to our triumph.

 

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