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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Three SOA protesters released from prison

By Dan Renick
Pekin Daily Times

PEKIN (IL) -- Three woman who were incarcerated for trespassing on federal grounds at Ft. Benning, Ga., as an act of civil disobedience were met by family and friends as they were released from Federal Correctional Institution-Pekin Friday morning.

"It was definitely worth it," Liz Deligio said. "I would do it again."

Deligio, 28, Meagan Doty, 22, and Elizabeth Nadeau, 27, were arrested in November at a protest when they crossed the protest line onto the grounds of the U.S. Army's Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, better known as the School of the Americas. The three women were convicted in federal court for trespassing onto government property and spent ninety days in prison.

The SOA, which the protesters refer to as the School of Assassins, is a combat training facility for Latin American soldiers. Protesters claim that the government trains these soldiers to perform terrorist acts in Latin countries.

Deligio, student at Chicago Theological Union, said that she had protested at Ft. Benning before but had never trespassed before November.

"I decided to cross the line because of increased militarization since George Bush has come in," Deligio said. "Since 9/11 they've kept preaching about eradicating terrorism and we do some of the worst in the world.

"They're going to invade another country because of terrorism but they need to look in their own back yard."


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