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Drivers who terrorized bus with children ‘will be charged’

Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.- More than 50 children from a school were terrorized Tuesday by a mob of drivers who threatened to torch a bus headed to the Book Fair, claiming an exclusive contract with the school board.

Students and teachers from the Evangelical school at Andres, Boca Chica were subjected to anguish and despair when their bus was halted by drivers of the unions Sichoproboch and Asochombca.

The bus was intercepted by several drivers who forced students and teachers to dismount the vehicle 25 kilometers east of the capital on  the Las Americas highway, near the place known as El Peso.

Quoted by, school secretary Ovni Perez said the drivers protested for not being hired to transport the students.

She said drivers blocked traffic by placing several buses right on the highway, “and aggressively threatened to break the windows and set fire to the bus if we didn’t step down.” she said that some of the children had to be taken to a clinic on nervousness.

Several Metropolitan Transit Authority (AMET) and National Police officers went to the scene, but the drivers ignored the order to move the buses.

“These men defied the authority because only moved the buses off the road when we decided to suspend the trip to the Book Fair,” Perez said, and vowed to file charges against the drivers, dubbed ‘the country’s owners’ by local media.

Santo Domingo.- Justice minister Francisco Dominguez on  Wednesday said those who threatened to burn a bus with 50 children inside will be prosecuted, an announcement which comes just hours after an incident stoked by drivers in the town Boca Chica.

“It’s not possible that a sector takes an action that could border on terrorism, much less if it affects innocent children,” Dominguez tweeted.

The bus drivers reportedly threatened to set fire to a bust claiming that the Evangelical school in Andrés Boca Chica is committed to contract buses belonging to their union to take the children to the Book Fair in Santo Domingo.

“What happened to the children at Boca Chica is unacceptable,” Dominguez warned. “Those responsible for the incident will be prosecuted.”

Source: DT

April 29, 2015

UPDATE: Twelve drivers detained in school bus assault, face 30 years

Santo Domingo.- Santo Domingo province prosecutor Olga Diná Llaverías on Thursday announced the arrest of 12 drivers linked to an assault Tuesday of a school bus with 50 students in Boca Chica headed to the Book Fair.

The drivers who took part in the incident also threatened to burn the bus, claiming a contract dispute with the private school’s administration.

Among the drivers figure Luis Pinales, Felix Manuel Meran, Junior Ulloa, Alfredo Sención, Juan Carlos Valera, Jose Josue Santana, Luis Rafael Castillo, Rafael Felix and Eduardo Fersola.

Also Jose Luis Perez, Franklyn Leon and Daniel Bautista, all members of unions and bus owners associations of Boca Chica, Sichoproboch and Asochombca.

In a statement, the official said the detainees were identified by teachers and students as those who caused the incident.

Llaverias said other suspects are being sought in connection with the alleged assault, and could face 30 years if convicted.

Source: DT

May 1, 2015

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