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Ecuador (What the Hell Took So Long?) Stops Sending Troops to the School of the Americas

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!

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

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