|PANAMA: February 8-17|
Panama was the original site of the SOA until Panamanian President Jorge Illueca -who coined the term "School of Assassins" - stood up for his nation's dignity in the early 1980's, demanding the school's removal. This tradition of standing up to US efforts to use the tiny nation to serve its aggressive purposes was also seen in President Torrijos, who co-signed with President Carter the treaty that returned the Canal Zone to Panama. The delegation will visit sites relevant to these struggles and also meet with Panamanians who today continue to take a stand for their rights, such as indigenous and campesino groups who have been protesting the destruction of their lands by mining and hydro-electric dam projects. Repression against them continues by military and police trained at the SOA.
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