Soa Protesters Go to Trial

July 10, 2002
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Thirty-seven human rights activists appeared in federal court this week to stand trial for protesting at the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas in Columbus, Georgia.

Ten thousand people gathered peacefully last November at the gates of Fort Benning. They face up to six months in federal prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted of trespassing.

All ten of the protesters who pled not guilty on the first day were found guilty. Yesterday, one protester pled not guilty and was found not guilty. The trials are expected to last until the end of the week.

Guest:

  • Shannon McManimon, SOA defendant from Philadelphia.

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