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VIRTUAL SIT-IN FOR VIEQUES DECLARES VICTORY IN NETSTRIKE AGAINST NAVY

The Virtual Sit-in for Vieques declared victory today after nearly 1,300 people worldwide participated in an electronic civil disobedience action targeted at the US Navy's website that flooded the site's online enlistment forms.
VIRTUAL SIT-IN FOR VIEQUES DECLARES VICTORY IN NETSTRIKE AGAINST NAVY .

6/13/1: The Virtual Sit-in for Vieques declared victory today after nearly 1,300 people worldwide participated in an electronic civil disobedience action targeted at the US Navy's website. The action was in protest against the Navy's preparation today for continued bombing exercises on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.

The electronic action worked by automatically filling out the Navy's online enlistment form (www.navy.com/join_now.jsp) with a protest message in place of the name, address, and other information fields (Name: Que se Vaya, Last name: la Marina, Address: de Vieques, Coño! 00911).

Around 6pm a Navy web administrator called organizers with a plea for an end to the action, exclaiming "You've flooded the enlistement database with thousands of messages and now our servers are slowing down, you've got to stop it." Organizers called a stop to the action, which was not intended to slow Navy servers but rather to flood the recruitment database with protest messages. They declared victory, but warned that they would initiate further electronic action if the Marines continue to bomb Vieques.

The action was organized with support from the Electronic Disturbance Theater and the Comite Pro Rescate y Desarollo de Vieques. The purpose of the site, as posted online during the action:

"Why a Virtual Sit-In? To support the demand that the US Navy cease their wargames and leave Vieques in peace. To add our virtual bodies to the presence of the physical bodies of Puertorican activists who will occupy the bombing ranges of la Isla Nena. To attract media attention by engaging in a new form of protest action. To send a message to the United States government that we will not be silenced until the people of Vieques can live without the sound of jets screaming overhead, without the destruction of their beaches and coral reefs, without the high cancer rates caused by depleted uranium found in bullets and shell casings, without the 'accidental' deaths of civilians. To add our voices to the cry "Deja Vieques en Paz! Ni Una Mas! [leave Vieques in peace! Not one more Bomb!]"

The Virtual Sit-in site: www.freespeech.org/provieques
Vieques Libre: www.viequeslibre.org

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For more information on this electronic action, contact:
Sasha Costanza-Chock
617.968.5273
trabalengua (at) hotmail.com

www.viequeslibre.org
 
 

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