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Foreign press picks on DR with KKK case

The appearance of a troupe dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes in the 2014 National Carnival Parade has been used in international press reports to again blast the Dominican Republic as a racist country.

The Ministry of Culture has argued that the carnival is a plural event, where groups are free to choose how they parade.

Other troupes that mock human rights violations also took part, according to lawyer Carlos Salcedo who writes on development and institutionalism in El Dia today, Friday 7 March.

The other troupes included The Roman Empire, the Demons of the Chief (criticism of dictator Trujillo), the Oriental Dynasty, the Nazis, the Rebellion of the Vatican, the Vultures of the Empire as well as the Ku Klux Klan.

“In the Dominican Republic people have the right to participate and act with freedom without censorship of their cultural life as a nation (Art. 64 of the Constitution) and the state should guarantee the freedom of expression and cultural creation, access to culture in equal opportunities and promote cultural diversity,” he writes. He says that to impede these cultural manifestations would be arbitrary and omissions could result in penalties being imposed on government officials for violations of fundamental rights.

Salcedo says that the Los Ku Klux Klan is a mocking representation of a radical racist group in the USA that engaged in burning black people in the belief that they were inferior and it is an expression of protest against that extremist and discriminatory group. “Someone who doesn’t put on a costume and doesn’t mock anyone is out of place in the carnival, because carnival is that: a time for satire and humor, with its sting.”

Source: Dr1, Huffingtonpost.com

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