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Benning protester to stand trial; faces prison

Mar. 13, 2013 - 07:48AM   |  
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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A protester arrested last fall during a mass demonstration outside Fort Benning is going to court and faces a possible prison sentence.

Protest organizers say Nashua Chantal of Americus is scheduled to stand trial Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus. Chantal is charged with trespassing onto Fort Benning by crossing a barbed-wire fence outside the Army post last November.

Chantal was among roughly 3,000 protesters gathered for annual demonstrations to call for the closure of the former School of the Americas. The Army school trains Latin American military officers. Critics say graduates of the school have used their U.S. military training to commit human rights abuses in their home countries.

Protest organizers say Chantal faces up to six months in federal prison if he’s convicted.

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