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Hillary Clinton Visits Activists in Puerto Rico

July 15, 2001|From Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) arrived in Puerto Rico on Saturday to visit environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a New York labor leader jailed for protests against Navy bombing on the island of Vieques.

Clinton has said her one-day visit is a "gesture of solidarity" with protesters. Kennedy, nephew of former President Kennedy, and labor leader Dennis Rivera are serving 30-day sentences for trespassing in connection with an April 28 protest.

Her visit comes as the Navy has notified local government it will begin a new round of exercises on Vieques on Aug. 1.

Acting Gov. Ferdinand Mercado called the timing insensitive.

The former first lady will not travel to Vieques--an outlying Puerto Rican island.

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