Dominican farmers dump hot peppers on street to protest US ban
Moca, Dominican Republic.- Farmers from Villa Trina in northern Espaillat province on Thursday dumped hundreds pounds of their hot pepper crop onto the streets to demand the lifting of the US ban that prevents them from exporting and a lack of a local market.
The protest staged in front of the Farmers Plaza, where president Danilo Medina is slated to head activities to mark Farmer’s Day today Friday.
The protesters said the US ban on Dominican farm products, in effect since the fruit fly was detected, has pushed to the brink of bankruptcy.
The around 300 farmers gathered in the town’s main street demanded fulfillment of the Dominican government’s promises have made ?during the electoral campaign and in president Medina’s surprise visits as well.
May 15, 2015
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