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Six Deaths This Week in Vieques

The Committee for the Rescue and Development in Vieques, Puerto Rico, denounced the deaths this past weekend of six people, four of them cancer victims. Lung and stomach cancers were the principal causes. The victims were residents of the Monte Santo and Lujan sectors, areas that receive winds directly from US Navy's the bombing zone on the Northeast part of the island. Several scientific studies show how military toxics produced during sixty years of bombing, get to the population through the breezes and the food chain.
Dr. Rivera Castaña mentioned that ". more than a year ago the Legislature assigned funds for an epidemiological study on cancer to be ready in five months and we have not yet seen any results."
The Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques demands the Navy begin the cleanup of the environmental disaster that little by little is killing our people.
For more information contact: Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques
Apartado 1424 Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765
Tel. 787 741-0716 Fax. 787 741-0358
Email: bieke@prdigital.com

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From CADU News 10: Spring 2002

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