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Vieques Bombing-Monday

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  • benjamin ramos
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    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 22, 2001
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      Vieques Bombing Exercises to Begin

      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -
      The U.S. Navy has notified the Puerto Rican government
      that it plans to resume bombing exercises on the island of Vieques
      as early as Monday, an official said.

      Vieques Commissioner Juan Fernandez said on� Tuesday
      that the Navy's top official in Puerto Rico, Rear Adm.
      Kevin Green, sent him a letter asking him to be
      present on Vieques for the first day of maneuvers
      Monday.

      Fernandez monitors the bombing for the Puerto Rican
      government from an observation post overlooking the
      firing range.

      The Navy had previously notified the Puerto Rican
      government of its plans. But there had been
      uncertainty about whether the exercises would go
      forward as planned after the attacks on the World
      Trade Center and the Pentagon (news - web sites) last
      week.

      The exercises could last as long as 23 days,
      Fernandez said.

      Opposition to Navy training on the Puerto Rican
      island surged after a civilian security guard was
      killed on the Vieques range by off-target bombs in
      1999. Protesters argue that the bombing causes
      environmental and health problems on the island of
      9,100 people - charges the Navy denies. The Navy has
      used inert bombs since the accident.

      Well-known figures previously arrested for
      trespassing in Vieques protests include civil rights
      leader the Rev. Al Sharpton, actor Edward James
      Olmos and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.






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