2002 Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques
Viequenses urge people not to lower the guard
Recent declarations by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Sila María Calderón and US Navy
Admiral, Robert Natter, about the end of military practices in May and the transfer of
Navy exercises the have been carried out in Vieques to Florida and other states on the
East Coast of the US, promted the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques
(CRDV) to call for those who support the struggle for peace on Vieques to keep firm and
not lower the guard and continue preparations for the next round of civil disobedience.
The Navys calendar includes renewed bombing here in January or February and
therell be absolutely no celebration until we have an executive order for the
immediate and permanent cessation of all military activity, expressed Robert Rabin,
one of the spokesman for Vieques group.
The governor announced she received an official communication about the Navy leaving
Vieques in May without offering details and used the ocassion to
congratulate New York governor, Georgre Pataki who seeks reelection in November -
describing him as one of the most important people responsible for this
victory. Nater, on the other hand, spoke in Florida, where President
Bushs brother Jebb Bush governor of that state, also looks to be
reelected next month. The Viequenses described as positive the prominent position
that Vieques occupies in the congressional and gubernatorial elections for November.
The intense struggle of our people and the wide solidarity toward Vieques among the
Hispanic population in the US, forces politicians there to favor the Navy leaving
Vieques, according to Nilda Medina, also spokesperson for the CRDV.
Veteran activist and leader of the CRDV, Ismael Guadalupe, informed that the group created
a special commission to coordinate with organizations in Vieques, in Puerto Rico and other
countries, the massive protest and civil disobedience actions to take place in May of 2003
if the Navy insists on staying on the island.