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2000-09-22

Vieques

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It is almost two months since the U.S. resumed their bombing of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Today, as calls for the U.S. to get out of Vieques continue, people from around the U.S. and from Vieques and other municipalities in Puerto Rico, are gathering in Washington, DC for the National Day of Solidarity with the People of Vieques. This mobilization builds on the struggle to get the U.S. Navy to immediately and permanently stop bombing and leave Vieques.

Guest:

  • Andres Contreris, a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation Task Force on Latin America & the Caribbean. He spent five days and nights on the Vieques bombing range in early May 2000 after the FBI and U.S. Marshals evicted over 200 protesters. He and others continued to serve as human shields, similar to the peace encampments of the previous year. Bombing resumed while protesters were still on the range. He is now on the 40th day of his fast.

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