Thursday, September 29, 2005

Worried Sen. Clinton Cancels Visit to Puerto Rico

The protests that have erupted in response to the FBI assassination of Puerto Rican nationalist leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios on Friday has many officials on the island and in the United States worried. The funeral on Tuesday was attended by thousands of people, "many waving Puerto Rican flags and singing revolutionary ballards," as well a statement from the Macheteros that read in part "Yankees murderers, your days are numbered! ... The fight will continue now and until the Yankees leave our soil."

The AP is reporting that "Puerto Rican police have tightened security at federal buildings and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled a visit to Puerto Rico" because of the potential for the FBI's assassination to "spark a resurgence of the pro-independence violence that plagued Puerto Rico from the 1970s into the 1990s."

"The outburst is the largest against the U.S. government since an errant bomb killed a civilian guard on the island of Vieques in 1999. That incident sparked several years of protests, eventually prompting the Navy to abandon bombing exercises there in 2003" concludes the AP report.

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