Annual protest returns to WHINSEC School

Annual protest returns to WHINSEC School

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - An annual event returns near the Fort Benning Stone Wall Gates as protesters argue that a school on post that trains Latin American Soldiers should be shut down.

Protests started in 1989 at the WHINSEC School after accusations that Latin American soldiers trained there were involved in the murder of innocent people.

Torture survivors, union workers, veterans and others also use the weekend long protest to speak out against violence and militarization.

Organizers say the WHINSEC School is a focal point of the peoples' resistance to those issues.

"A convention here every year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, and what it's to do is to try to encourage Fort Benning and the government to close down what was called the School of Americas," explained Richard Woodard with the National Peace Tax Fund. "It changed its name but that doesn't mean it's changed its purpose."

There are workshops and film screenings at the trade center this weekend connected with the protest.

On Saturday, the group will march on the Stewart Detention Center before a peace march at the gates of Fort Benning.

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