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SOA protesters march on Fort Benning

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Protesters screamed in the streets of South Columbus for another demonstration against the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation at Fort Benning.

Back in 2000, the training school for Latin American soldiers underwent a name change from the School of the Americas to WHINSEC. Organizers told us they continue to protest because they say the issues are still going on around the world.

"People think this is an issue of the past," National Coordinator for School Of Americas WATCH Hendrick Voss said.

An article published a month ago in the Washington Post states otherwise.  According to the article the leader of the squad was sent to training last year at WHINSEC.  The school primarily trains soldiers from Latin America.

Voss says the torture, murders, and violence spread across continents. The controversy began in November of 1989. Soldiers trained at SOA were accused of assassinating six Jesuit priests in El Salvador.

In 1990, 22 years ago the protest was born.  Voss said in 1996, some of their claims were validated by the Pentagon.  SOA Watch said their ultimate goal is to see WHINSEC close its doors for good.

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