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Arrests following Puerto Plata road strike

At least 30 people were arrested during the first day of a 48-hour strike in the communities along the Gregorio Luperon tourist highway demanding the rebuilding of the road that links Puerto Plata province with Santiago.

The arrests included Tony Reyes, Franklin Mera, Fermín Pena, Martín Leocadio, Víctor Rodriguez and Leonardo Tavarez, who were taken to the Cibao central National Police headquarters in Santiago.

Relatives accused the police officers who took the men out of their homes to arrest them of abusive behavior.

The communities where the protests took place included Palo Quemado, La Cumbre, La Cumbre de Juan Veras, El Llano, Yasica, Pedro Garcia, Yaroa and Arenoso.

On the first day of the strike, which started on Tuesday 25 October 2016 and is due to end on Wednesday, businesses and schools were closed and the road was blocked with tree branches, broken glass and burning tires.
The police had to clear the road in order to reach the area.

The protesters said that business is down due to the poor state of the road and that the government is not listening to their concerns. They pointed out that work to rebuild the road had started several years ago, but was never finished.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Oct 28, 2016

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