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Activist Kathy Kelly 'Hogtied" & Abused By Army At SOA Protests

November 28, 2003
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Voices in the Wilderness founder Kathy Kelly is 'hogtied' and abused by the Army after she was arrested for committing peaceful civil disobedience outside Ft. Benning in Gergia where 10,000 protesters had gathered to demand the closure of a U.S. training camp known by critics as the School of the Assassins.

Over ten thousand people gathered this weekend outside the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to protest the US Army School of the Americas, a combat-training school for Latin American soldiers. It was recently renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC).

The protests culminated with a "funeral" procession to symbolize the thousands of people killed by soldiers trained at the school. More than 30 people were arrested after entering the base in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience. They took this action knowing they could face 3-6 months in federal prison. In years past, the arrests at the SOA protests have been coordinated with the police. Those wanting to be arrested simply crossed a yellow line and were then escorted to police buses. But this year it was different.

  • Kathy Kelly, founder of Voices in the Wilderness.

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