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Puerto Rico Topics

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  • 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
  • For years, the Pentagon has attempted to keep discussion of depleted uranium weapons out of the public eye. These are the radioactive munitions the US has used in Iraq, Bosnia, Vieques and, most recently, Yugoslavia. During the Gulf War, US and British warplanes fired off more than a million rounds of DU-coated bullets, and in Kosovo, the Pentagon admits to using 31,000. [includes rush transcript]
    May 26, 2000 | Story
  • Hundreds of federal agents swept through the U.S. Navy’s prized Atlantic training ground yesterday, removing 213 protesters in an attempt to end their yearlong protest occupation of the bomb-strewn range.
    May 05, 2000 | Story
  • Federal agents in riot gear today removed and arrested over 60 protesters, including two U.S. lawmakers, from the gates of a U.S. Navy bombing range on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
    May 04, 2000 | Story
  • Puerto Rican protesters waited for U.S. federal authorities to expel them from the U.S. Navy’s prized training ground at Vieques — even as several U.S. lawmakers and a religious leader promised to come to show their support. [includes rush transcript]
    May 03, 2000 | Story
  • In Vieques, Puerto Rico, protesters have held their ground now for over a year, as they seek to end 50 years of military exercises and bombings on the island by the U.S. Navy. The protesters have established encampments inside the military camps where the firing ranges are located, and have paralyzed live ammunition exercises for over a year. [includes rush transcript]
    April 28, 2000 | Story