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Protests Heat Up Over Navy Bombing Range

April 02, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Passions flared as U.S. Navy planes began their first day of war exercises at a contested firing range on Vieques island.

Five protesters were detained after they broke into restricted land leading to the target zone, and an opposing demonstrator was beaten.

Navy military police handcuffed the five intruders, who are expected to serve jail time. The pro-Navy protester was only slightly injured, police said.

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