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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wave of discontent awaits Dominican Republic’s globetrotting President

The numerous protests, strikes and other signals of popular discontent await Dominican Republic’s president Leonel Fernandez, whose three terms in office have been marked by constant trips to all corners of the world.

One of the most nagging demonstrations of rebuke against Government policy has been the months-long effort by the social and barrio groups forged in the Coalition for a Dignified Education, which announced it will resume the protest at 4 p.m. in front of the National Palace today, to demand 4% of the GDP for education as the Law stipulates.

The groups decided the stage protest in front of the Palace every 4th of the month to demand enforcement of the General Education Law  66-97, which calls for 4% of the GDP for that sector.

The same manifestation will be conducted simultaneously at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Dominican Consulate in New York, where they plan to deliver a document to protest the violation of the law.

And despite Fernandez’s proposal in a meeting with the Coalition representatives to allocate an additional RD$5.4 billion for Education in a complementary budget for next year, the groups rejected the offer and reiterated adherence to the Law instead.

Source: Dominican Today

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