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Home Facts Victims and Survivors Colombia Colombia Solidarity Activists Arrested in Ohio for Seeking Meeting With Senator
Colombia Solidarity Activists Arrested in Ohio for Seeking Meeting With Senator PDF Print E-mail
Columbus, OH

Wednesday morning, May 1, ten Colombia solidarity activists from Ohio appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court before Judge James Green. After a night in the county jail, all were arraigned on charges of having criminally trespassed and resisted arrest in Sen. Mike DeWine's Columbus office on Tuesday afternoon. All pled not guilty, and their release is pending the posting of bonds.

The ten represent civic groups throughout Ohio that have tried for two years to meet directly with DeWine -- always unsuccessfully. On Tuesday they insisted, as constituents, on a definite date for a meeting with the senator -- and they refused to leave his office without the promise of a timely appointment. Sen. DeWine helped to craft "Plan Colombia" for the Clinton Administration, which provided $1.3 billion in mostly military aid to Colombia. Currently he supports the Bush Administration's efforts to further increase military aid, as well as efforts to chemically eradicate coca crops. The protesters maintain that evidence on the ground in Colombia proves that US policies are killing and displacing rural civilian populations, many of whom are living over vast and coveted oil reserves. As newly arraigned John Ewers stated before entering DeWine's office on Tuesday, "Sen. DeWine cares a lot about keeping the children of Ohio healthy. We insist that he care as much about the children of Colombia."

Those arraigned include:

John and Paula Ewers of Dayton
Vince Ramos of Bexley
Cheryl Sanchez of Groveport
Oberlin students: Jackie Downing, Kate Berrigan, Sarah Saunders, Anna Hendricks, Jyuti Bhatt, John Durlauski

For further information:

Vince Ramos, 614-235-1883, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
John and Paula Ewers, 937-278-5446, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jackie Downing, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Mary Hershberger, 614-442-5915, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Margaret Knapke, 937-276-4686, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

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