“I am a good citizen as I continue to speak the truth to power and challenge the empire.”–Eve Tetaz after being sentenced on Jan. 29, 2015, to pay a $5,000 fine for entering the Fr. Benning Army base with a photo of 18-year old Mauricio Ortega Valerio, one of the forty-three Mexican students who were disappeared in September 2014, and asking the guard “Where are the missing?” [Read more of Eve Tetaz’s statement.]
The prophet Isaiah says: “Cry out and sing, citizen of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel is among you in greatness” (Isaiah 12:6). Eve Tetaz is exhibiting all the characteristics of a citizen of Zion.
One School of Americas Watch protester was sentenced to five years probation and another was slapped with a maximum $5,000 fine Thursday for trespassing onto Fort Benning during the annual protest in November.
U.S. Magistrate Stephen Hyles sentenced Robert Norman Chantal, 62, of Americus to five years probation after pleading guilty and stating that he wouldn’t enter the post again. Chantal was dressed in a sad clown face during the Nov. 23 protest on Benning Road to close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security
Calling 83-year-old Eve Tetaz a bad citizen, the judge sentenced the longtime activist to pay a $5,000 fine but the woman with a many medical issues avoided prison time. She must pay the fine in 30 days or make arrangements, one of her attorneys said outside District Court.
Chantal and Tetaz of Washington, D.C., were among the 1,336 people who gathered at the Stone Gate for the annual protest to remember the victims of violence in Latin America and call for closing the institute. It was the group’s 25th year at the post since the 1989 massacre in El Salvador was linked to graduates of the School of Americas which operated at the post from 1984 to December 2000. The school’s name was changed to the institute in 2001. …
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