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'Paz para Vieques!'

Lutherans in Puerto Rico claim peace for residents living beside a bombing range

 

‘Paz para Vieques! Not one more bomb!" These words are on the minds of Puerto Ricans as they push for the U.S. Navy to end live-ammunition bomb practice and other military operations on Vieques — a 51-square-mile island east of Puerto Rico.

They claim the bombing has poisoned the Caribbean paradise for the 9,300 civilian residents — U.S. citizens — of Vieques. Dust, smoke and rock particles from explosions fill the air; toxins taint drinking water.

They claim the bombing has poisoned the Caribbean paradise for the 9,300 civilian residents — U.S. citizens — of Vieques. Dust, smoke and rock particles from explosions fill the air; toxins taint drinking water.

Vieques residents suffer higher-than-normal cancer rates that they attribute to air and water contamination from the bombing. Craters filled with polluted water pockmark the island's eastern portion.


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