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Freed nuns vow to renew protests at training base

PEKIN, ILLINOIS - Seven women, including an 89-year-old nun, were released from federal custody Monday after serving 6-month sentences for trespassing at a Georgia school that trains Latin American soldiers.

The women were convicted last summer of trespassing during a protest at what once was known as the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning.

Among the seven were three Roman Catholic nuns: Sisters Dorothy Hennessey, 89, and Gwen Hennessey, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa; and Elizabeth Anne McKenzie, 72, of St. Paul.

At the Pekin Federal Prison Camp, the women said they will continue protesting at the school, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. They accuse it of training soldiers who have been linked to murder, torture and other human-rights abuses.

Twenty-six people were convicted of trespassing after the November 2000 protest.

Chicago Tribune