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UPDATE 2: Rogelio Cruz said Falcondo gave Jarabacoa deputy Ramon Rogelio Genao more than RD$20 million to ‘”torpedo” the legislation, as part of “more than 400 million pesos in bribes.”

Santo Domingo.- Hundreds of protesters reached the Congress near Tuesday noon to demand that lawmakers approve the bill to declare Loma Miranda National Park, the site of the planned mine by Glencore Falcondo, in the Central Mountains.

Headed by radical priest Rogelio Cruz, many of the protesters chained themselves to the gates of Congress, as dozens of riot police stood by.

FILE. Hundreds of Antiriot police and trained dogs have been posted around Congress Tuesday morning as protesters march there to demand that creation of Loma Miranda National Park.

The police have cordoned off several blocks within Independencia, Churchill and Malecon avenues to await the marchers including young children from more than 40 organizations, who set off from the Santo Domingo State University -UASD.

"They’re going to kill us all because we’re willing to give our lives for Loma Miranda," said radical priest Rogelio Cruz, who declared himself in “public revolt.”

"I’m going in where I come out and go out where where I come out."

In Congress meanwhile deputy and troubadour Manuel Jiménez, who supports the bill to create the National Park and who wrote the song "Miranda is not negotiable," slammed deployment of riot police, noting that “just 2 or 3 police officers” are enough to ensure safety.

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9 comment(s)
Written by: josean This user is banned, 1 Jul 2014 11:16 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

The people who elected them are now treated like criminals because they refuse to allow the country to be sold and destroyed by the predator mining companies!

.........Shame on Saint Danilo and the PLD!

Written by: laman00, 1 Jul 2014 11:39 AM
From: United States, San Fernando valley, CA
Listen to the people as they are against it, this is democracy your giving away peoples right to foreign predators, do the right thing MR president stop this non sense.
Written by: DimeDRwarrior, 1 Jul 2014 12:36 PM
From: United States, Boston
The dominican government has never done the right thing. A bunch of lazy f%#&s running the country makes me sick
Written by: josean This user is banned, 1 Jul 2014 12:46 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Ramón Rogelio Genao Durán a Balaguerista piece of scum from the PRSC allied to the PLD always available to the highest bidder to do Dirty work against the interests of the Dominican People!

Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 12:52 PM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
Why are their so many HAITIANS in the ABOVE PHOTO. CANT UNDERSTAND THAT......Man the GOVT guys will sell anything and every thing to make some MONEY...
Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 1:11 PM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
former official charged with embezzling rd$1.0b to stand trial
other story in this web site.....its in every office in every city though out the dr. robo the dominican cookie jar and u get to ride the choo choo train stoping at a handful of new classrooms and the people that robo their kids get to go to private schools and shop at the blue mall and if u dont ride the choo choo train u get to ride in one caro....
Written by: Ricardolito, 1 Jul 2014 1:16 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Cannot see what good they will do by chaining themselves to fences..I suppose it is better than coming up with environmental plans that can prevent pollution but permit clean mining
Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 1:19 PM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
Where are the CLAPPING SEALS? A medical student was shot dead on November 8 on the campus of the Dominican Republic's largest public university during a violent confrontation between the police and protestors. Witnesses said the student was not taking part in the protest on the campus of the school, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, which has about 180,000 students, but he seemed to have simply been caught nearby.
Written by: Ricardolito, 4 Jul 2014 12:35 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
it is now the 4 th of July..are these people still chained to a fence or have they decided to go to the local colmados
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