June 14, 2001 |
Facing intensifying opposition, the Bush administration is planning to withdraw the Navy from the Puerto Rican island of Vieques and seek another spot to conduct the Atlantic fleet's bombing exercises, a defense official said Wednesday. Navy Secretary Gordon England will announce, probably today, that he will convene a panel to search for a new training site, with the goal of ending Vieques exercises by May 2003.
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.
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.
April 27, 2001 |
Puerto Ricans mobilized for massive protests to prevent the Navy from bombing its Vieques island range, after a federal judge ruled that the military exercises could resume. In San Juan, the capital, thousands of people waving blue-and-white Vieques flags gathered for an anti-Navy rally. Navy officials said ships would resume shelling the eastern tip of Vieques this morning. Protesters occupied the area, preventing exercises until they were removed by U.S. marshals in May.
August 9, 2000 |
The U.S. Navy detained 11 more protesters Tuesday, all youths who broke into its training ground to try to stop military exercises on the outlying island of Vieques, a spokesman said. The protesters cut through a fence and were caught by military police about 5:30 a.m., spokesman Jeff Gordon said. He said the detainees were members of a youth group, but he was unsure of their ages.
August 4, 2000 |
The Navy launched a second round of bombing exercises at Puerto Rico's Vieques Island on Thursday as four activists protesting the war games were detained inside the Navy range. Independence Party Sen. Manuel Rodriguez Orellana, local Rep. Victor Garcia San Inocencio, Presbyterian minister Luis Acevedo and Trujillo Alto mayoral candidate Jaime Negron were taken to a Navy base on Puerto Rico to appear before a U.S. magistrate, Navy Lt. Jeff Gordon said.