Dominican Republic police halt anticorruption protest
Santo Domingo.- For the sixth time since grassroots organizations called for protests, Antiriot police set up a perimeter around the National Palace Wednesday afternoon, to keep the group from reached the building housing the embattled State Works Supervisory Engineers Office (OISOE), where an alleged ring of loan sharks prompted the architect and contractor David Rodriguez to take his own life in a bathroom of the government agency.
Dozens of agents with riot shields, body armor, tear gas and other crowd control measures are stationed at the various intersections near the House of Government.
The protests have been held during the last six weeks after a Superior Administrative Court ruling handed down on October 21acknowledged their right to gather peacefully in front of the OISOE.
Nonetheless Interior and Police minister Jose Ramon Fadul has challenged the ruling, noting that the police would prevent the protest outside the OISOE because it is part of the National Palace´s surroundings and in his view pose a risk to president Danilo Medina´s safety.
Nov 11, 2015
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