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Americans Jailed After Anti-U.S. Demonstrations

September 15, 1988

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ Sixteen Americans were jailed today after staging demonstrations against U.S. policy in Central America, a police official said.

Police arrested the protesters in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and the U.S. air base at Palmerola, about 40 miles northwest of the capital, said Maj. Manuel Urbina, spokesman for the Public Security Forces. He said they would probably be deported.

Urbina said four of the protesters were being held at the Casamata prison in Tegucigalpa and the other 12 at a police jail in Comayagua, four miles away.

In a similar protest in Guatemala City on Wednesday, four Americans threw blood on the steps of the U.S. Embassy, chained themselves to the gates of the compound and demanded an audience with the U.S. ambassador, James Michel.

No arrests were reported in connection with the Guatemala protest.

The demonstrations were organized by a group called Project Independence and held one day before today’s celebration of the anniversary of Central America’s independence from Spain in 1821.

John Mateyko, a spokesman for the group in Washington, said the protest was ″religious-based and non-violent″ against what he called ″the immoral and dangerous policy″ of the Reagan administration in Central America.

Mateyko identified the four demonstrators in Tegucigalpa as John Bach, 41, of Hartford, Conn.; Teri Allen, 30, of Hartford; Patricia McCallum, 47, of Cambridge, Mass., and Mark Fryer, 31, of West Creek, N.J.

The names of those being held in Comayagua were not immediately available.

Mateyko identified the demonstrators in Guatemala City as Charley Litky, 57, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner for his service as a Roman Catholic priest in Vietnam, and Sara Story, 26, both of Washington, D.C.; Dale Ashera- Davis, 34, of Baltimore, Md.; and John Schuchardt, 49, of Leverett, Mass.

″At this time of remembering Central American independence from Spain we’ve come to join with Central Americans in declaring its independence from U.S. domination,″ a declaration read by the group said.

″In eight years neither (President) Reagan or (Vice President George) Bush seems to have figured out that that’s all these people want,″ it said.

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