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City of Columbus Seeks Injunction Against SOA Watch Organizers

COLUMBUS, GA - November 15 - The city of Columbus is seeking an injunction against SOA Watch organizers. The restraining order attempts to prevent the traditional solemn funeral procession honoring those who have died at the hands of School of the Americas graduates.
City of Columbus Seeks Injunction Against SOA Watch Organizers

COLUMBUS, GA - November 15 - The city of Columbus is seeking an injunction against SOA Watch organizers. The restraining order attempts to prevent the traditional solemn funeral procession honoring those who have died at the hands of School of the Americas graduates. SOA Watch has organized a nonviolent presence at the entrance to Ft. Benning for the past eleven years, and plans to contest the injunction.

"The City of Columbus is attempting to engage in prior restraint in denying citizens rights to free speech and free assembly," said Katya Komisaruk, an attorney representing one of the four defendants, "The Founding Fathers put freedom of speech and assembly at the top of our Bill of Rights."

The four defendants Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Jeff Windor, Eric LeCompte, Ken "Doe" are to appear in the superior court of Muscogee County at 3pm today (11/15).

"This is a large, diverse grassroots movement rooted in nonviolence and connected in solidarity with the suffering poor of Latin America who are the victims of this school," said Fr. Roy Bourgeois, one of the four defendants, "We cannot be silenced. We will not be silenced."

SOA Watch, founded in 1990, is a national, grassroots, faith and conscience-based group that seeks to nonviolently expose the School of the Americas, which was recently renamed the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC).

The October 30th London Guardian stated, "Until January this year WHISC was called the School of the Americas or SOA. Since 1946, SOA has trained more than 60,000 Latin American soldiers and policemen. Among its graduates are many of the continent's most notorious torturers, mass murderers, dictators and state terrorists."
 
 

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