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Anti-Militarism

Description: IRTF opposes militarism in Latin America because the military is used to suppress democratic movements and to maintain economic inequality and exploitation. Security forces (police, military) are often used in “counter-insurgency,” i.e., against what are labeled as domestic enemies (e.g., guerrilla groups). Too often, members of social movements are labeled as guerrillas to justify attacks by government security forces against them. The “insurgents” are often people defending their basic rights. The US—in its quest to promote political and economic dominance over Latin America—has propped up military forces in the region since the early 20th century. Making the region secure for foreign investment has been a key policy objective. Targets in that objective have been groups challenging centuries-long structural economic inequality. 

Vision: IRTF envisions a world where US-Central American/ Colombian relations have moved beyond mostly military-to-military ties toward relationships that develop and uphold self-determination, freedom, democracy, and social and economic justice. By shifting money and human resources away from militarism—both in the US and in Central America and Colombia—more resources are devoted to meeting human needs. 

Support people’s pro-democratic, nonviolent movements, and people's sovereignty and democracy over military and coup-imposed governments.
End US training of Latin American military and other security forces in Central America and Colombia and on US soil, and the militarization of humanitarian, economic, environmental and other foreign assistance to Central America & Colombia. Working to eliminate long-term US military presence in Central America and Colombia, including personnel and bases.
Just days ago in Bolivia, at least six SOA-WHIN-SEC graduates, led by General Wiliams Kaliman Romero, facilitated a coup against the will of the Bolivian people that Democratically elected President Evo Morales. We condemn this imperialist assault on Bolivia´s people. We denounce the burning of the Wiphala, a symbol of indigenous unity, strength, and resistance. We stand with the indigenous and campesina communities and support their autonomy, right to organize, and to decide the fate of their territories outside the grasp of the United States. As long as the Wiphala is flown, the fire of the resistance will continue to light Abya Yala. Together, we cry!