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Puerto Rico Topics

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  • Navy security personnel fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters and journalists on Vieques yesterday asthe Navy resumed its bombing of the island. More than 23,000 marines, sailors and soldiers engaged in the largestmilitary maneuvers on the island since a civilian was killed by Navy bombing two years ago. At least 12 protestorsinvaded the Navy range in an attempt to stop the latest round of bombing and shelling.
    August 03, 2001 | Story
  • The people of Vieques yesterday voted overwhelmingly to demand that the Bush Administration immediately stop bombingthe island and calling on the Navy to leave Vieques entirely. The Navy had said it would continue its bombing thisweek regardless of the outcome of the referendum.
    July 30, 2001 | Story
  • On Wednesday a federal judge sentenced 12 people, including New York City Council member Adolfo Carrion, New YorkState Assembly member Jose Rivera, Bronx County Democratic leader Roberto Ramirez, and the Reverend Al Sharpton tojail for their role in a protest last month against the continued US bombing of the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques.
    May 25, 2001 | Story
  • Yesterday in Columbus Georgia 26 people, including an 88 year old nun and a senior NASA research scientist, werefound guilty in Federal District Court of criminal trespass for protesting at the US Army School of the Americas atFort Benning.
    May 24, 2001 | Story
  • 27 people were arrested in front of the United Nations yesterday, protesting the continued bombing of Vieques. Rosa Clemente is with the David Sanes Rodriquez Brigade, joining us on the telephone from the New York jail commonly known as the Tombs, where she and 26 others are being held.
    May 16, 2001 | Story
  • Activists are gearing up for the resumption of U.S. Navy bombing exercises today on the Puerto Rican island ofVieques. They say that about 40 protesters are still on the bombing range. The Navy plans to resume bombingpractice that began on Friday but was halted yesterday for a religious ceremony.
    April 30, 2001 | Story
  • Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last week ordered the Navy to suspend its bombing of Vieques for the month ofMarch. The order came two days after Puerto Ricans launched a new effort for an immediate and permanent end to thecontinued US bombing of the island. In a new tactic, some 160 Puerto Ricans and supporters lobbied Congress lastweek, and Puerto Rican Governor Sila Calderon asked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to halt the naval...
    March 05, 2001 | Story
  • The conflict between the US Navy and the people of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques flared up again last week when the US Navy demanded that Governor-elect Sila Calderon back a deal between the Navy and her predecessor. The White-House-brokered agreement, reached last January, allows the Navy to continue bombing Vieques until 2003 in exchange for returning several thousand acres of land to Puerto Rican control by December 31, this year.
    December 22, 2000 | Story
  • 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...
    September 22, 2000 | Story
  • The Puerto Rican Parade in New York is expected to draw more than one million people. This year’s event will be led by a group honoring the Puerto Rican nationalist hero Don Pedro Albisu Campos. They will be followed by a delegation from Vieques, many of whom were arrested in the last month protesting the US Navy’s bombing of the island. One young activist goes to court today for running out on the field during a game at Yankee...
    June 09, 2000 | Story