Dominican Republic Roars Loudly, Demanding Social Justice and Change
FIGHTING FOR A COMMON CAUSE
Dominicans have taken to the streets in Santo Domingo and other parts of the country to protest against government corruption and demand social change. Dominican celebs like singer Amara La Negra have reacted on social media to the political turmoil. Amara shared a photo on Instagram with the caption, "Supporting my pueblo! Mi Gente! Even if I'm not there fighting with you guys ... I'm with you!"
Problems with electronic voting systems forced Dominican authorities to suspend municipal elections across the country on February 16, generating outrage.
SWEEP OUT CORRUPTION
People hold up signs with brooms, demanding that corrupt politicans be "swept away."
The military guards the Central Electoral Board (JCE) in Santo Domingo while protesters complain outside the building.
Expat Dominicans living in American cities like New York, Miami, and Philadelphia have also been protesting.
THE BEAUTIFUL QUISQUEYA
Univision TV host and actress Clarissa Molina also showed her solidarity with her native country, carrying a small Dominican flag with her on the red carpet of Premio Lo Nuestroand posting this message on Instagram: "From @premiolonuestro raising my voice and the voices of all of my Dominican brothers and sisters. We want what is ours by right!"
TAKE OUT THE TRASH
Dominicans around the world are asking the Central Electoral Board to resign.
BANGING POTS AND PANS
Using pots and pans to make their anger and frustration heard, protesters have brought worldwide attention to their cause.
CNN En Español TV host Mariela Encarnación also posted a photo with her flag and the message: "It's been over a decade that I don't live in my country, but even in the distance I've been keeping up with the events of the last few days. I have complete faith and hope that common sense and love for our country will rise above any interest, and that political transparency will prevail, people's rights will be respected, and democracy will be strengthened."
FOR A BETTER FUTURE
Despierta America co-host Francisca Lachapel also spoke out on social media, sharing videos of the protests of fellow Dominicans in Miami. "Dominicans are united to ensure that the upcoming elections on March 15 will take place in a transparent and orderly manner so they can gain back credibility and people's trust," she wrote on Instagram.