Ft. Benning protester sentenced to 6 months

protester arrested last fall during a mass demonstration outside Fort
Benning has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Robert Chantal
of Americus stood trial Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus.
Chantal — known as Nashua — was charged with trespassing onto Fort
Benning by crossing a barbed-wire fence outside at the Army post last

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 used their U.S. military training to commit human
rights abuses in their home countries.

Chantal told the court he became involved in the
demonstration after volunteering with the immigrant community in

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