SANTO DOMINGO.- The military-police’s night patrols and the closing of the colmadones and nightlife establishments at midnight from Monday to Thursday and 2:00 AM on Friday and Saturday have begun to change the nighttime environs of populated barrios and many people’s habits.
"As 12:00 midnight strikes everybody is watching the clock to go inside," said Pablo Reynoso, resident in this city’s Villa Juana sector, accompanied by friends.
He is one of the many people who choose to go home earlier than usual.
Ramona Adams, who also lives in Villa Juana, says, with certain satisfaction, that the barrio is very calm because "thugs" and the "boys" go home "early," around 10:00 PM. She also stresses that there are less noises.
Some leave because colmadones and bars close their doors.
During the operations, at least 5,000 people in the entire country have been searched, since checkpoints were initiated last Wednesday.
Just on Saturday 3,488 people were questioned; 109 vehicles were impounded for lack of documents and 24 guns without permits were seized.