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Voices Around the World in Solidarity Demand: Close the School of the Americas!

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Photo of a 2001 demonstration in Chile

Friday, November 19, 2004

Human rights advocates around the world participated in vigils, funeral processions and nonviolent direct action in a united call for the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC. These actions, on the anniversary of the assassination of 14-year-old Celina Ramos, her mother Elba and six Catholic priests at the University of Central America, remembered the hundreds of thousands who were killed, displaced or disappeared as a result of the training of the School of the Americas. In the United States on November 19?21, over 16,000 people also converged for a vigil and nonviolent direct action at the gates of the SOA calling for an end to the training and the oppressive foreign policy the school represents.

Recently the government of Venezuela stopped sending Venezuelan soldiers to train at the school. People in many other countries in Latin America will be holding demonstrations demanding that their governments follow in the example of Venezuela. The combined pressure of movements for justice in Latin America and people throughout the world has brought the light of public scrutiny onto the SOA/WHINSEC. International actions held at U.S. Embassies and other locations on November 19, 2004 will show the global resistance to this School of Assassins! In the past actions opposing the school have taken place in Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Austria, France, Germany and in the U.S.

For the past 14 years, students, veterans, people of faith, union members and others have gathered at the gates of the School of the Americas/WHINSEC to oppose this school of dictators and death squads operated by the Pentagon. Inspired by over 50 years of demonstrations by people across the Americas, SOA Watch activists based in the U.S. continue to organize, educate and hold vigils every year until the school is closed.

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