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Monday, November 24, 2003

  • DN! Producer Ana Nogueira Among 250 Arrested in Miami FTAA Protests

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    250 people were arrested and dozens injured as Miami police used concussion grenades, taser guns, rubber bullets and tear gas on people demonstrating against the free trade talks. We speak with Jeremy Scahill and Ana Nogueira who was arrested for allegedly failing to disperse as well as former California state representative Tom Hayden who brought his Harvard students to the protests. [Includes transcript]

  • 10,000 Protest in Fort Benning, Georgia Against School of Americas, What Many Critics Call the "School of Assassins"

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    Some ten thousand people descended on the School of the Americas (now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) headquarters in Fort Benning, Georgia this weekend to protest the U.S. military program that trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counterinsurgency and counter-narcotics. Frequently dubbed the "School of the Assassins" critics say the school’s graduates are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America.

    Between 35 and 45 people were arrested for trespassing after crossing onto fort property. The Army blared patriotic songs such as "The Army Song" and "God Bless the U.S.A." from loudspeakers 50 yards away from where protesters were speaking to the large crowd. Organizers at School of the Americas Watch are planning to sue, accusing the Army of a "psychological operation."

    We hear speeches from Adriana Bartow who lost 6 members of her family in 1981 when Guatemalan security forces raided her house. Jennifer Harbury, whose husband Guatemalan rebel leader, Efrain Bamaca Velazquez was murdered by troops trained at the School of the Americas. Carlos Mauricio who successfully sued two former Salvadoran generals for human rights abuses in a Florida court. And Roy Bourgeois a Catholic priest, who started SOA Watch and the campaign against the School of the Americas. [Includes transcript]