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Five Arrested in Protest Over Guard Deployment in Central America

July 18, 1987

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (AP) _ Five people protesting the departure of Air Force National Guard troops for Central America were arrested Saturday at the Warfield Air Force Base, police said.

About 50 members of the Central America Solidarity Committee staged an all- night vigil at the airport and were later joined by another 100 demonstrators, said Laura Irenze, a committee spokeswoman.

Five of the protesters were charged with trespassing, police said.

The group claims the Air Guard is being used by the U.S. military to help it carry out efforts to undermine the Nicaraguan government.

It was the second time in two weeks that the Central America Solidarity Committee protested the Maryland Guard’s participation in training exercises in Central America. Thirteen people were arrested at a July 4 demonstration.

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