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March 18, 1991 | From United Press International
A group of unidentified individuals broke into a U.S. Air Force Base on Sunday and set a National Guard A-7 combat jet on fire, causing $100,000 damage to the aircraft, officials said. The fire caused no injuries at the base next to the capital's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, and police said authorities were continuing their investigation.
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August 9, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
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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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August 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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May 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Puerto Rican Independence Party leader and an activist slipped past Marines guarding the Navy's Vieques training ground and were arrested Wednesday, hours before a Navy destroyer shelled the range using nonexplosive ordnance. Ruben Berrios and activist Jorge Fernandez Porto entered the island bombing range before dawn and were stopped at 9 a.m. by Marines.
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April 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he would sue the Navy for allegedly polluting Vieques island in Puerto Rico, as he joined the campaign to shut down a Navy bombing range on the island. Kennedy, a senior counsel for the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council, accused the Navy of breaking environmental laws in a way it never would on the mainland. "I don't believe that the Navy could behave the way it has been behaving in Vieques in any of the other 50 states.
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June 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Navy concluded its exercises on Vieques Island on Wednesday after three days of bombing that sparked protests and ended with scores of activists arrested and four Navy personnel reported injured. "Ships and aircraft of the USS George Washington Carrier Battle Group successfully completed essential combat training [in Vieques] prior to deploying in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf this summer," the Navy said in a statement.
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February 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
Puerto Rico agreed Monday to permit the U.S. Navy to resume limited training on the island of Vieques and said it would help clear the bombing range of protesters who want the Navy to leave. The agreement, which came after months of negotiations, also calls for a referendum that would give islanders two choices: let the Navy resume use of the range on its own terms, including the use of live bombs, or require the Navy to cease all training by May 1, 2003.
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August 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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June 2, 2000 | From Reuters
U.S. Navy guards arrested 31 people who sailed small boats to a disputed military firing range on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques on Thursday, military officials said. Most of those detained went to the firing range to protest the resumption of Navy exercises on the island, but six journalists were among the group, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Scott Bassett said. The group was removed without incident, except for one person who resisted arrest and was restrained, Bassett said.
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June 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Navy concluded its exercises on Vieques Island on Wednesday after three days of bombing that sparked protests and ended with scores of activists arrested and four Navy personnel reported injured. "Ships and aircraft of the USS George Washington Carrier Battle Group successfully completed essential combat training [in Vieques] prior to deploying in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf this summer," the Navy said in a statement.
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June 28, 2000 | From Associated Press
Protesters hurled iron bars at U.S. sailors at sea and crept under "no trespassing" fences on land, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday, as more than 130 demonstrators intensified their fight to oust the Navy from the Vieques Island training range where it practices bombing and shelling. Puerto Rican fishermen wielding the metal bars injured two U.S. sailors at sea, the Navy said.
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June 2, 2000 | From Reuters
U.S. Navy guards arrested 31 people who sailed small boats to a disputed military firing range on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques on Thursday, military officials said. Most of those detained went to the firing range to protest the resumption of Navy exercises on the island, but six journalists were among the group, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Scott Bassett said. The group was removed without incident, except for one person who resisted arrest and was restrained, Bassett said.
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May 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
Dozens of Puerto Ricans cut through a fence to sneak onto a Navy training ground on Vieques Island, renewing a yearlong battle against a U.S. military presence. The Navy said Sunday that guards had detained 55 protesters, including former light heavyweight boxing champion Jose Torres, soon after the protesters breached the fence Saturday night. Demonstrators said an additional 11 were caught Sunday, but Navy spokesman Robert Nelson said he was unaware of any other detentions.
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May 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Puerto Rican Independence Party leader and an activist slipped past Marines guarding the Navy's Vieques training ground and were arrested Wednesday, hours before a Navy destroyer shelled the range using nonexplosive ordnance. Ruben Berrios and activist Jorge Fernandez Porto entered the island bombing range before dawn and were stopped at 9 a.m. by Marines.
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May 4, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.S. congressman on Wednesday joined religious leaders and dozens of other protesters threatened with arrest for refusing to vacate a Navy bombing range. "In the final count, we are going to win peace for Vieques," Puerto Rican-born Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.) told demonstrators on the shrapnel-littered range. He arrived by boat early Wednesday at the range on the remote east end of the island.
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August 9, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
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May 4, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.S. congressman on Wednesday joined religious leaders and dozens of other protesters threatened with arrest for refusing to vacate a Navy bombing range. "In the final count, we are going to win peace for Vieques," Puerto Rican-born Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.) told demonstrators on the shrapnel-littered range. He arrived by boat early Wednesday at the range on the remote east end of the island.
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May 2, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two U.S. Navy warships arrived off the coast of this island Monday as protesters braced for the arrival of federal agents expected to oust them from a military bombing range. The mood in the small, illegal camps was anxious--with green military helicopters passing overhead throughout the day. More than 50 protesters have occupied the area in a yearlong standoff aimed at ridding the island of the U.S. military altogether.
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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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