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 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.
May 24, 2001 |
A federal judge in San Juan sentenced civil rights activist Al Sharpton to 90 days in jail and ordered him to pay a $500 fine for trespassing on a Navy bombing range during protests against military training on the island of Vieques. The Rev. Sharpton was arrested May 1 along with Bronx Democratic Party President Roberto Ramirez, New York State Assemblyman Jose Rivera and New York City Councilman Aldofo Carrion. The politicians were sentenced to 40 days in prison and fined $500.
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.