Two die, one injured as blackouts spark protests nationwide - Two people were killed including a minor in the sprawling barrio Capotillo north of the capital and a Police major injured in Mirabal province (north), as protests sparked by the extensive blackouts continue nationwide.

The families of Carlos Francisco Peguero, who died of bullet wounds, and of Miguel Angel Encarnacion, 13, accuse the Police for the deaths in the confrontations yesterday afternoon.

However the Police said it investigates the events leading to their deaths in the protests staged around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of the streets Josefa Brea and Central. Peguero died while in the hospital Moscoso Puello, whereas Encarnacion died a few hours in the same hospital.

The Police major Robinson González Hilario was hit by a bullet to the hip when he tried to douse tires set afire amid yesterday’s protests in the city  Salcedo, the police report said.

New protests against the blackouts and the rising electric bill flared up yesterday in communities of the northern Cibao region, including the towns El Pino, Santiago de la Cruz, Pueblo Nuevo, Jaibón, Los Cambronales and La 300, in Dajabón and Valverde provinces.

Dominican Watchdog note: - Visit the website of your embassy before travelling to the Dominican Republic due to unres. 


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