As robberies spread, Government sends 1,200 troops to patrol streets
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.- “We must wait” was president Danilo Medina’s response Friday when reporters asked it the government already has a plan to fight the recent spate of violent crimes across the country.
After heading ribbon-cutting for a Nickelodeon resort in the East Coast, Medina returned to the National Palace where he headed a meeting with senior military and police officials around noon.
After the meeting, Defense minister Maximo William Muñoz announced that an additional 1,200 soldiers will join street patrols.
“This problem will be confronted and will defeated,” the official said in a National Palace press conference convened at the last moment.
The announced measure comes in the wake of widespread concern from various sectors that demand action to deal with an alarming rise in crime at all hours even in upscale neighborhoods.
Several assaults taped by security cameras have rocked the country in recent days, as gunmen perpetrate muggings and bank robberies in upscale sectors of the capital such as La Esperilla, El Millon and Los Cacicazgos, and even in normally peaceful towns such as Puerto Plata and La Vega.
June 11, 2016
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