Nationwide blackout hits Dominican Republic, 10 detained
(AP) — SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Authorities in the Dominican Republic have detained 10 people for questioning following a countrywide blackout.

Power company superintendent Francisco Mendez said Thursday that the suspects are workers who were found in front of a power plant that failed.

Wednesday night's blackout lasted several hours. Regional outages are common in the Dominican Republic, but those at a national level are rare.

Protesters who demand improved service have clashed with police in recent months.

Privately owned power companies blame the country's energy crisis on faulty equipment and outstanding debts owed by the government.




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