Sheen held at protest

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MARTIN SHEEN, the actor, and 1,500 others including priests, nuns and students were arrested yesterday after trying to enter the School of the Americas at the United States military base in Fort Benning, Georgia, demanding that it be closed down.

The School of the Americas was the favourite training base of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. He sent his top young colonels there.

More than 7,000 protesters had marched on the base in a mock funeral procession for the thousands of victims of Chilean and other Latin American military officers trained at the school. Some carried coffins, some wooden crosses, others banners saying "Close the School of the Assassins".