Celebrations Continue in Vieques Following the Departure of the U.S. Military

May 02, 2003

The residents of Vieques are celebrating the US Navy’s withdrawal from the Puerto Rican Island.

For 60 years, the Navy has bombed the island for training purposes. The Navy handed over 15,000 acres of land with no fanfare, just a written statement.

Hundreds of activists who were jailed for trespassing to stop the bombing are now preparing for their next battle: reclaiming lands transferred yesterday to the Department of Interior, which will transform the range into a wildlife refuge.

We talk to Rosa Clemente in Vieques. She shares an audio produced for Free Speech Radio News.

  • Rosa Clemente, journalist covering the Vieques celebrations for Free Speech Radio News.