April Days of Action :
Bringing the Resistance to the Heart of the Empire
SOA Watch is mobilizing for a gathering in Washington, DC from April 4-11, 2011 to take their demands Shut the School of Assassins to the White House, the halls of Congress, and other places where military and foreign policy decisions are made.
Activity includes the Anti-Militarization conference, lobbying on Capitol Hill and for a march to the White House on Sunday, April 10, followed by a nonviolent direct action to shut down the SOA/WHINSEC and to resist the increasing U.S. militarization of the Americas!
|Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, |
raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and
forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.
The School of the Americas (SOA), in 2001 renamed the “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation,” is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Initially established in Panama in 1946, it was kicked out of that country in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty. Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA, frequently dubbed the “School of Assassins,” has left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned.
Over its 59 years, the SOA has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.