Fourteen provinces in the north of the Dominican Republic, including Santiago, the second most important city in the country, began a 24-hour strike today demanding the reduction of fuel prices and protesting the precariousness of basic services.
In the first hours of the strike, in the municipality of Bonao, in the province of Monseñor Nouel, a man was wounded in a presumed confrontation between demonstrators and policemen.
This fact is under investigation, as is the death last night in Santiago of a man of Haitian nationality in a confusing incident during protests in that province.
The Broad Front Popular Struggle (Falpo), one of the organizers of the strike, today highlighted the support for the general strike, since, he said, more than 95% of passenger transport is paralyzed, as well as teaching and various businesses.
Regarding the issue of transport, the state Metropolitan Office of Bus Services (OMSA) reported that it reinforced the number of units in Santiago and that, in addition, it has the support of buses from the Ministry of Defense "totally free for the people".
However, the Falpo said that the response to the regional strike call "has been forceful" despite the deployment of the military and police.
Since several of the provinces that joined the strike have reported the burning of tires, while Santiago denounced the looting of several shops.
The strike was called to protest the increase in the prices of basic goods, the precariousness of certain services, crime, or corruption.
The organizers argue that they decided to take the streets "because we can not stand the indifference and the abandonment of our communities anymore, the abusive increase in the prices of food, medicine, gas, fuels and transportation".
Also, to denounce violence, femicides, insecurity, unemployment, lack of hospitals, lack of drinking water and constant blackouts.
For several months now, the country has been the scene of protests by transporters demanding that fuel prices be lowered and that the Hydrocarbons Law be modified, which sets weekly prices.