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Sat May 5 2007 (Updated 05/23/07)
Iraq combat veterans, turned war resisters, speak out
Iraq war resisters, Agustín Aguayo and Camilo Mejía, speak out against war in Bay Area
Just weeks after being released from a military stockade in Germany for refusing redeployment to Iraq, Agustin Aguayo was joined by fellow war resisters on a greater San Francisco Bay Area speaking tour from May 9-18. Agustin served almost eight months in prison after fighting for nearly three years to be recognized as a conscientious objector. Agustin explained for the first time why he chose jail instead of redeploying to Iraq.

Robert Zabala is a Marine recently ordered discharged as a Conscientious Objector (CO) by a federal judge after fighting for nearly four years to be recognized as a CO.

Pablo Paredes refused to ship out in support of the Iraq War at the San Diego Naval Station in 2005. He is now a GI rights counselor and counter-recruitment activist.

Camilo Mejia was one of the first Iraq combat veterans to refuse to return to Iraq and served almost nine months in prison for his stand against war.In his upcoming book, "Road from ar Ramadi; The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejía," Camilo gives an inside view of what it felt like to be a soldier on the ground in Iraq. Read More

imc_photo.gif Hundreds welcome Iraq War resister Army Spc. Agustin Aguayo from prison | imc_audio.gif Audio from Watsonville
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