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Monday, November 22, 1999

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  • Thousands Hold Largest Civil Disobedience Since the Vietnam War, Call for Closing of School of the Americas

    They came from across the United States and the Americas, to participate in the largest act of civil disobedience in the U.S. since the Vietnam War. From a record crowd of 12,000 protesters, over four thousand people crossed the lines and risked arrest yesterday at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia–a place many call the school of the assassins. Students, journalists, activists, members of religious communities, professionals and others, both young and old, joined survivors of human rights abuses from across the Americas in the loudest call to date for the closing of the Army-run school, a training ground for some of this Hemisphere’s most notorious human rights violators.