August 12, 2001 |
A Puerto Rican senator was released from a federal detention center Saturday after serving a 40-day sentence for trespassing on military land to protest U.S. Navy bombing on the island of Vieques. Norma Burgos, who favors U.S. statehood for Puerto Rico, was greeted by dozens of well-wishers outside the detention center in suburban Guaynabo.
June 18, 2001 |
Protesters and security forces braced for renewed demonstrations when Navy bombing exercises resume today on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, despite President Bush's announcement last week that training will end by May 2003. On the eve of the practice, many Vieques residents spent the day at church or with their families. But murals and painted slogans were testimony to the simmering anger here.
April 29, 2001 |
The U.S. Navy urged Puerto Rican authorities to send out riot police to quell protests on Vieques that were increasingly hampering the Navy's efforts to conduct controversial military exercises on the island. Dozens more activists protesting the training on Vieques, a small island off the U.S. Caribbean territory, made their way onto Camp Garcia naval base. The protesters say the exercises damage Vieques residents' health and the environment.
January 20, 2001 |
President Clinton instructed Pentagon officials to develop alternatives to training exercises on Vieques in case Puerto Rico's voters decide the U.S. Navy should leave the island before a previously agreed 2003 departure. Voters could turn down a Nov. 6 referendum on whether the Navy should stay through May 2003. Clinton asked officials to report by March 9 on how Navy and Marine Corps training needs through May 2003 could be accomplished without exercises on Vieques.
August 7, 2000 |
Chanting "No to the Navy!" thousands of Puerto Ricans rallied in the capital Sunday to protest new U.S. military exercises on the outlying island of Vieques. Jets from the carrier Harry S. Truman began dropping dummy bombs Thursday, and ships will shell the island later this month. About 5,000 protesters marched peacefully in 90-degree heat outside Ft. Buchanan, an Army base in suburban San Juan. Organizers urged activists to redouble their yearlong effort to force out the Navy.
June 25, 2000 |
The U.S. Navy said it is ready to resume bombing on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island in the biggest exercise since a fatal accident prompted a yearlong occupation of the target range. Protesters vowed to block the exercises, and a general assembly of citizens was convened outside the gates to the range's Camp Garcia to discuss strategy. Protesters will be chosen to trespass on the range, but only after the bombing has begun, said activist Hector Pesquera.