The Washington Post
Sunday, April 29, 2001; Page A04

Protests Again Hinder Navy Training Exercise

Orlando Sentinel

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico, April 28 -- For the second day in a row, dozens of protesters disrupted bombing exercises on the Navy target range here today by putting
themselves in the line of fire.

Navy officials said 56 people were arrested today. Environmental lawyer and activist Robert Kennedy Jr., actor Edward James Olmos and New York labor leader
Dennis Rivera were among those picked up in the early afternoon when the Navy stopped ship-to-shore shelling to clear the 900-acre target range of protesters.

The Navy urged Puerto Rican authorities to send out riot police to quell the protests, which interrupted military training until mid-afternoon.

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