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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Demonstrators Injured in the Dominican Republic

Five people were injured by shotgun pellets and at least 15 were arrested on the second day of a general strike in the northeastern Dominican Republic to demand the government complete various public works projects.

The injured from Tuesday’s protest activities bring to eight, including one police officer, the number of people who have been hurt since the start of the strike.

Demonstrators burned tires in the municipalities of Cevicos and Las Matas, the scenes of the largest protests, while unknown people knocked over electric power poles cutting power to several communities.

Masked demonstrators early on Tuesday attacked the police station in the community of La Cueva, but officers there responded to the attack without causing any reported injuries, authorities said.

link: Latin American Herald Tribune - Five Injured in Protests in Dominican Republic


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