The Guns of May, the Sounds of Countrymen

Protests against U.S. bombing tests could be over for now. But political fallout rains

Jose and Julio Rosa say they are just humble Puerto Rican fishermen. But the brothers know how to hook marlin-size political symbolism. Last Thursday, when they heard that 216 of their protesting compatriots were rounded up by U.S. federales for occupying the Navy bombing range on the small Puerto Rican island of Vieques, the brothers Rosa jumped into their 38-ft. lobster boat--aptly named Garata, or Quarrel. The two men, each in his 40s, headed for a Navy installation on mainland Puerto Rico. Their mission: to pick up the detained demonstrators who had been removed from Vieques after their arrest. The Rosas...

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