Puerto rico

Published: Saturday 30 June 2001

A federal judge in San Juan, Puerto Rico, recently sentenced four people for protesting near the us navy bombing site on Vieques island. Al Sharpton, a priest, was sentenced for 90 days. The other three Adolfo Carrin, Jos Rivera and Roberto Ramirez, all Puerto Rican politicians, were sentenced for 40 days each. They had been protesting against the us navy's military exercises on Vieques, which the islanders allege are creating health hazards for the local people (see Down To Earth, Vol 10, No 1, May 31, p13). "The court has given a clear message to the people of Puerto Rico that they are going to be given strict punishment if they continue with protests," said Stanley K Schlein, a council for the protesters.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.