April 28, 2001 |
Despite violent protests and reports of trespassers on the firing range, the U.S. Navy on Friday resumed its controversial bombing and shelling exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. The government of the American territory contends that the thunderous din from the training maneuvers threatens the health of Vieques' 9,400 inhabitants. But Thursday, a federal judge who ruled that no "irreparable harm" had been proved gave the Navy the green light to proceed.
June 26, 2000 |
The thud of military shelling returned to Vieques Island on Sunday as the Navy began training even as protesters vowed to invade the range to stop the largest exercise since a fatal accident prompted a yearlong occupation of its range. About 2 p.m., ships began shooting inert shells at the range, Navy spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon said. The exercises are scheduled to continue today and Tuesday, although they could continue through July 2 if necessary, he said.
June 30, 2001 |
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May 1, 2001 |
Navy ships and fighter jets blasted a firing range with inert ammunition despite protests on Monday, the same day the Navy gave up more than a third of its land on this Puerto Rican island. The transfer of the 8,100 acres was part of an agreement reached last year between the White House and Puerto Rico as a compromise to quell rising tensions over the Navy's use of Vieques. "It represents a great opportunity for the Navy to demonstrate we are great neighbors on Vieques," said Lt.
June 19, 2001 |
The U.S. Navy began a round of bombing practice Monday on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques despite protesters' efforts to infiltrate a bombing range and halt war games. The bombing, with dummy weapons, began on schedule about 2 p.m. EDT and was "going fine," Lt. Cmdr. Awilda Tereira said. Navy security officers arrested eight protesters on the bombing range before the exercises began. Nine more--including Jacqueline Jackson, wife of the Rev.
July 7, 2001 |
A federal judge in San Juan sentenced environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to 30 days in jail for trespassing while attempting to thwart Navy bombing exercises on Vieques island. Several other protesters were convicted along with Kennedy, including New York labor leader Dennis Rivera and Norma Burgos, a senator in Puerto Rico's legislature. "You should be a lawmaker, not a lawbreaker," Chief U.S. District Judge Hector Lafitte told Burgos, sentencing her to 40 days.
June 12, 2001 |
Robert Kennedy Jr. is set to appear in federal court July 6 in Puerto Rico on trespassing charges stemming from protests on Vieques island, an attorney for the environmentalist said. Former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo will be representing Kennedy and New York labor leader Dennis Rivera, said Scott Edwards, a lawyer for Kennedy's White Plains, N.Y.-based environmental group, Water Keeper Alliance. Kennedy and Rivera were among about 180 people arrested this year during protests against U.S.
October 19, 1999 |
A presidential panel on Monday recommended that the Navy be allowed to resume practice bombing on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques--over the objections of the local population and the Puerto Rican government--but that it prepare to abandon the island within five years. The recommendation drew immediate protest in Puerto Rico, where sentiment against the Navy has been growing since a civilian security guard was killed in a bombing accident in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2000
Members of the Puerto Rican Alliance of Los Angeles and other activist groups rallied Wednesday in front of the downtown Federal Building, asking the U.S. Navy to stop military exercises on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. The U.S. Navy has been using Vieques, a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico for military training since 1941. The island has a population of 9,500 people. No bombings have taken place since last April.
July 24, 1989 |
Pipe bombs exploded at a U.S. Army recruiting station, a post office and other offices in a shopping center before dawn today, police reported. Police reported no injuries in the bombings, the latest in a series of attacks on U.S. government facilities. There was no claim of responsibility. Police said the explosive devices went off at 2 a.m. at the shopping center about 10 miles east of San Juan, causing "considerable" damage to the recruiting office, the post office and a supermarket.