Arrested protester identified as School of Americas Watch activist

The man arrested last Monday during Álvaro Uribe‘s lecture is a field organizer affiliated with School of Americas Watch, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

Nicolas Udu-gama, who the Reporter interviewed, stood up as Uribe took questions from Professor Eric Langenbacher‘s Comparative Political Systems class, began clapping derisively, and approached the stage. He was forcibly removed by the Department of Public Safety and then arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department.

The protest aimed to criticize “social cohesion by threatening and physically eliminating any social opposition,” Udu-gama said.

The School of Americas Watch has been involved with protests against Uribe’s hiring since they began earlier this month. University officials, however, continue to support Uribe’s position at Georgetown.

“As an academic community, we are committed to fostering the transmission of knowledge and supporting the free exchange of ideas,” University spokesperson Julie Green Bataille wrote in an email to the Reporter. “Georgetown is not endorsing the political views or government policies enacted by an individual, but realizing the value in allowing a world leader’s experience to be part of campus dialogue.”

Photo: Max Blodgett

5 Comments on “Arrested protester identified as School of Americas Watch activist

  1. Les esta enseñando como “Como hacer un uso mas eficiente de la Motosierra”
    We are teaching as “How to make more efficient use of the Chainsaw”

  2. FREDOLIN!!!!!QUE BUEN NOMBRE PARA UN IMIGRANTE ILEGAL,QUE ENTRO POR EL “HUECO” Y LE DA MIEDO DECIR SU NOMBRE!!!!SE VE QUE CONOCES DE MOTOSIERRAS……SEGURO TU PAPA USA UNA!!!Y POR AMENAZAS!!!!
    SI SOS COLOMBIANO,QUE DESGRACIA!!TE MALDIGO POR SIEMPRE!!!

  3. Patricia Obando – muchísmas gracias por llenar el internet con tus discuros racistas, y siempre en MAYÚSCULA.

  4. President Uribe will teach you and some ignorants the importance of uniting one Country under the same ideas to eliminate the anarchy and violence and work for the betterment of the MOST.We Colombians,surely would like to know the name of the anonymous protesters in order to investigate a little and find out where the money to support their “studies and boarding” is coming from!
    Let’s face it, the world is not perfect,but Uribe conceded the Colombians the right to find out about other problems and issues that needed to be solved and we never had the opportunity to face because the FARC had our (remember there is 45 million inhabitants in Colombia!) souls and consciences kidnapped.
    -from a regular middle class Colombian not involved in politics-

    El presidente Uribe lo puede educar a usted y a otros ignorantes,acerca de la importancia de unir un pais bajo las mismas ideas para eliminar la anarquia y la violencia y trabajar para el beneficio de la MAYORIA.Los colombianos seguramente quisieramos saber el nombre de los que protestan (anonimos todos) para asi poder investigar un poquito y asi descubrir de donde sale todo el dinero para apoyar sus “estudios y hospedaje”.
    Enfrentemos esto,el mundo no es perfecto,pero Uribe nos concedio a los colombianos el derecho a descubrir otros problemas que necesitaban solucion y que nunca tuvimos la oportunidad de enfrentarporque las FARC tenian nuestras (recuerde somos 45 millones de habitantes) almas y conciencias secuestradas.
    -de una colombiana de clase media no envuelta en politica-

  5. La presencia de este señor es una vergüenza para la comunidad académica en general y para la de Georgetown y la colombiana en particular. Qué boleta!

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