Marchers oppose plan for Blackwater Potrero.

EAST COUNTY – Wearing a bright green “Stop Blackwater” T-shirt, Rep. Bob Filner urged about 200 protesters yesterday to keep up their fight against Blackwater USA’s plans to build a military and law enforcement training center in the backcountry community of Potrero.

PEGGY PEATTIE / Union-Tribune

Jake Pohlman, 10, gazed at the site in Potrero where Blackwater USA wants to build a military and law enforcement training facility.

“We’re going to stop them,” Filner, D-San Diego, told the demonstrators who gathered about a mile from the site of the proposed training camp. “Blackwater is a black mark on American democracy.”

Filner has proposed a bill in Congress that would allow mercenary training only on military bases. Opponents of Blackwater say the company’s workers in Iraq are mercenaries. The North Carolina company says that label doesn’t apply to its security guards who are working under government contract.

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