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30 April 2000
From the International Action Center
The US Government/US Navy has sent two battleships with 1,200 Marines to Vieques. Their mission is to block the access by sea to the restricted area in order to remove the activists camping there. The Vieques demonstrators have vowed to keep their presence, either by going back after they are arrested, or by sending more people to take their places. There was a report today that the Puerto Rican and U.S. government will cut ALL COMMUNICATION to Vieques tomorrow. That means that no telephone, cell, e-mail or faxes will go in or out. The ferry system and the airport, only transportation linking Vieques to Puerto Rico, will both be closed. This makes it extremely urgent! Anything can happen under these conditions!
Demonstrations will be held in Puerto Rico and the U.S. as soon as the first arrest occurs. In Philadelphia, there will be an emergency rally the day after, at 4PM in front of the Federal Building at 6th and Market Street. Call (215) 724-1618 for more information.
The Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques also is asking to call or fax the following information to Janet Reno, who is in charge of initiating the removal:
Alert! Media has confirmed that two Navy Warships just left Virginia, will stop in North Carolina to pick up 1000 Marines and equipment, and will participate, along the FBI and Federal Marshals, in a military operation to remove by force protesters from the resistance camps on Vieques. The navy says it takes 2-3 days to sail to Vieques.
Now is the moment for all of us to take action and call IMMEDIATLY Janet Reno (202-514-2001) to let her know that the people of Puerto Rico reject any military raid on Vieques. Let her know that the best interest of the U.S. will be served by suspending said plan, since arrests will only bring shame to the U.S. in the eyes of the international community and that massive protests will take place both in Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Now, more than ever;