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March 6, 2000 |
Tens of thousands of people marched in Puerto Rico's capital Sunday to celebrate their U.S. citizenship in an attempt to counter a recent outpouring of nationalism on the Caribbean island. The march was organized by the New Progressive Party, which favors statehood for Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth. NPP officials fear that recent demonstrations against the U.S. Navy over the Vieques bombing range sent the message that Puerto Ricans did not want to remain part of the United States.
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September 15, 2001 | From Wire and Staff Reports
Protest groups on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, who had been preparing for civil disobedience against Navy bombing training slated to start Sept. 24, said they were canceling their plans after the terrorist attacks.
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August 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Shouting "Freedom for the patriots!", thousands of Puerto Ricans marched in San Juan to demand that President Clinton unconditionally pardon 16 imprisoned activists. The 16 are members of organizations that carried out more than 130 bomb attacks in the United States to demand independence for Puerto Rico. In Washington, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) said Congress may investigate Clinton's offer to commute their sentences with conditions.
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August 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
By bowing to Puerto Rico's demand that the Navy abandon its training range on Vieques, the Bush administration may have stoked protests against U.S. military bases elsewhere, the commandant of the Marine Corps said. Gen. James Jones said he was worried about the Marines' future on the Japanese island of Okinawa, where pressure has been growing for years to evict the U.S. military. The Bush administration announced in June that the Navy would leave Vieques by May 2003.
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December 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Protesters will set up a camp outside the U.S. Navy base on the outlying Puerto Rican island of Vieques to allow more people to demonstrate against the base's bombing training, organizers said. Dozens of protesters have camped out on the Navy's bombing range since April, when two bombs dropped off target killed a civilian guard on the training ground. The incident has drawn Puerto Ricans together in a campaign to end the bombing.
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August 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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June 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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April 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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April 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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July 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Puerto Rico marked the Fourth of July with protests and a plea by the governor for statehood for the U.S. commonwealth. Gov. Pedro Rossello said it is time for the United States to make Puerto Rico a full partner. In three weeks, the island will mark the 100th anniversary of the landing of U.S. troops on its soil. Tensions were higher than usual as employees of the Puerto Rico Telephone Co.
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August 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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July 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 19, 2001 | From Reuters
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.
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June 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 14, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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April 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
Dozens of protesters plan to march through a small U.S. Navy base on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques today to urge an end to training missions on the bombing range there. More than 60 people have set up a temporary camp on a remote beach behind the base within the Navy's restricted area, said Nilda Medina, a spokeswoman for the protesters. Some activists were arrested in the same area during a 1979 anti-Navy protest.
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May 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of people opposed to the Navy using a Puerto Rican island as a target range gathered outside a prison in Guaynabo where 38 people are being held for trespassing during recent military exercises. Police said at least 5,000 people gathered to hear speakers such as Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), who said, "This is an American issue, and we're going to solve it." The 38 inmates are serving sentences ranging from 40 days to four months.
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May 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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