Santo Domingo.- More than two dozen former soldiers and former fighters of the 1965 Revolution went on a hunger strike Friday to demand that president Danilo Medina keep his promise to pay 126 of their comrades a RD$8,000 (US$185.50) monthly pension.
The veterans, some of them with IVs, hauled mattresses and blankets into the Ex-military and Ex-combatants Foundation located in the Luperon sector, and warn they will continue the strike until the President keeps his promise.
Group spokesman Moises Ramirez (Bigote) said they also demand an increase of the pension from 8,000 to 25,000 pesos per month, since in his view the cost of living, taxes, and inflation "swallowed" the pension they’ve started to receive just five years.
"Only you Mr President can lift the hunger strike when you fulfill the agreed points," said Ramírez, quoted by elcaribe.com.do.
The veterans also demand fulfilment of other unkempt promises made to the their Foundation in 2009 by then- National Lottery administrator Enrique Martínez, which have also been ignored by current director Jose Francisco Peña.