Vieques Contingency Plans

Jay Moore research at
Mon May 1 08:05:49 MDT 2000

My information from Puerto Rico this morning is that the arrests may come
down as early as tomorrow.  The Navy ships have just arrived off Vieques as
part of the apparent plan to seal it off from the sea while the FBI makes
the arrests at the encampments.  Following are suggested courses of action.
Please forward widely.



Mobilizations in Case of Arrests

The following protests will take place if the arrests take place. Read
carefully the one planned in your area since not necessarily all will take
place the same day. If there are no protests planned in your area you should
assume the responsibility for organizing one by talking with some friend or
local organizations supportive of the Vieques' struggle. To select the site
take this into consideration: the ideal site would be a Federal or Military
facility, but keep in mind that you would like to protest in a public place
with passers-by. Therefore, if there are no good-located facilities a public
plaza will be a good place. This will ensure the visibility to the public,
will allow you to hand out flyers and inform the public, and it will also
decrease the chances of any illegal action from authorities.  Remember to
call the media for the event and bring cameras and these chants with you!
Let us know of your events at:
viequeslibre at

Puerto Rico

Buchanan - "El Frente Socialista" is calling to a protest activity in front
of the gates at the Buchanan Base in Guaynabo. "That's the exact place to
express our feelings against the abuses of the NAVY, to repudiate the
and demonstrate that the fight will continue and that the federal government
repressive acts do not intimidate us."

Contacts: Rafael Bernabe y Jorge Farinacci, 787-761-8869, 787-759-1255 u.

New York

Manhattan - The Vieques' Solidarity Network is calling to a massive
mobilization that will take place the next day after the imprisonment at
P.M. in Times Square (42nd. and Broadway). If the arrests are Friday or
Saturday the protest will be the next day at noon in Times Square.

Contacts: "Todo Nueva York con Vieques" at 212-631-4620 and "Todo el Barrio
con Vieques" at 212-348-8004


If the arrests occur before midnight, the next day at noon, there will be a
mobilization in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House. If the arrests
occur after midnight, then the protest will be the following day at noon.
Please, contact the media and call your people.

Contacts: David Santiago 202-223-3915 ext. 308

San Francisco

The Vieques Solidarity Coalition is calling to a "Weekday-After" Emergency
Response Rally the day after the arrests at Justin Hermann Square (by
and Market across from the Ferry Building, near Embarcadero BART) at 4:00

Contact: Fellowship of Reconciliation  415-495-6334
Comité 98   510-389-5660


In the event of arrests or removal of protesters in Vieques we will
demonstrate in front of the federal courthouse on Main Street in Hartford a
day after the arrests or removal. The demonstration will begin at 5:00 PM

For more information please contact:
Rafael Rodriguez Cruz- home (860)523-4125 or work (860)541-5053.
or email ivanr67 at

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