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The former “School of the Americas” is just one of the many horrors going on in the world. I don’t want to preach at y’all, but in all seriousness, open your eyes and know that you can make a difference.
Columbus, Ga. – Carlos Mauricio, a torture survivor from El Salvador, will be among the thousands who gather at Fort Benning’s main gate this weekend to call for the closing of a military school they blame for human rights abuses in Latin America.
“I was blindfolded. I was badly, badly beaten,” he said. “I was tortured for nine days. I was forced to listen to the screaming of all the people being given electroshock and women being raped.”
Mauricio, a high school science teacher, traveled by minivan from his home in San Francisco to join the annual protest organized by School of the Americas Watch, a group that has waged a 15-year campaign to close Fort Benning’s School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
The demonstrations are held each November to mark the Nov. 16, 1989, slayings of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her teenage daughter in El Salvador. A congressional task force found that some of the soldiers responsible for the massacre had been trained at the School of Americas, which moved to Fort Benning from Panama in 1984.
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