American Views Abroad

Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Conscientious Objector and Iraq War Veteran U.S. Army Specialist Blake LeMoine who has been on a hunger strike for 41 days in protest against the Army's refusal to discharge him will be tried at a Special Court Martial on Easter Monday, March 28, at 11:00 am at the JAG Building, Cambrai Fritch Kaserne in Darmstadt, Germany. The proceedings will be open to the press. Please contact to make prior arrangements and confirm the time and place .

On Thursday, March 24 at 16:00 at OS3, Mathildenplatz 1, Hintereingang (Rear Entrance) in Darmstadt, Germany there will be a joint press conference with LeMoine (or his wife, Alayna LeMoine, should he be prevented by the military from attending) and organizations supporting him, American Voices Abroad (AVA) Military Project, Stop the War Brigade, the Military Counseling Network (MCN), Connection e.V.

LeMoine applied for Conscientious Objector status because the U.S. military invasion and occupation of Iraq are against his religious beliefs. His application is still pending. Rather than release LeMoine the Army charged him with refusal to obey orders. If convicted at the Special Court Martial on March 28th, he faces incarceration in a military jail, loss of all benefits and a bad conduct discharge. For more information, please see (in English) and (in German).

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