August 12, 1999 |
Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rossello said in San Juan that he lauded President Clinton's offer to grant clemency to 16 members of an independence group involved in bombing attacks. But the prisoners' fellow activists were angered by conditions imposed by Clinton.
March 20, 1996 |
About 800 National Guard troops and police swarmed into Puerto Rico's largest housing project, searching for illegal drugs and weapons and arresting residents. The San Juan raid was the latest in a series of National Guard takeovers of public housing projects in an effort to stem crime and reduce the murder rate--the highest in the U.S. Gov.
July 5, 1998 |
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.
October 30, 1996 |
Thousands of Puerto Rican doctors shut their clinic doors Tuesday in an island-wide strike to pressure the government to raise fees in its managed health care system. Adalberto Mendoza, president of the Puerto Rican School of Medical Surgeons, said up to 95% of the island's 8,000 doctors were participating in the strike. Beginning late Tuesday, only public emergency rooms remained open, Mendoza said.
October 27, 2001 |
The U.S. Navy postponed until January a referendum allowing Vieques residents to decide if bombing exercises should continue on their island or be halted in 2003. The referendum, established under an agreement between the governments of former President Clinton and former Gov. Pedro J. Rossello, had been set for Nov. 6. Gov. Sila Calderon's office released a letter from Navy Secretary Gordon England in which he ordered the vote to be rescheduled for Jan. 25.
April 23, 2000 |
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.