Ecuador announces that it will no longer participate in the School of the Americas(SOA).
Splendid news via Email from SOA Watch:
We have some exciting news to share with you! The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, his Minister of Defense and other high-ranking Ecuadoran officials met with members of the SOA Watch Delegation. We are delighted that we can inform you that earlier today, President Correa started the meeting at the Presidential Palace in Quito, Ecuador, by announcing that Ecuador will no longer send its soldiers to the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC). This is a tremendous victory for the human rights community across the Americas!This is a milestone in SOA Watch's long struggle against the SOA. Presente!
The press in Latin America has already picked up the story.Click here for the coverage of the announcement in Spanish.
We are extremely happy about this new development that will give us additional momentum in our efforts to shut down the SOA for good and to end U.S. militarization in the Americas. Stay tuned for a detailed report back from the delegation and from the meeting with President Correa in the next couple days.
Let's celebrate the resistance to militarization in the Americas!
Alison, Becca, Hendrik, Lisa, Marlin, Nico, Pablo and Father Roy
The SOA Watch staff
5:19 AM PT: Well now it's a milestone for me as well! First time on the Rec list. Thanks ya'll!