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.
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.
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.