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    Posted November 11, 2012 by
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    A Dominican Spring rising?

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter ajicaribe attended Sunday's protest in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, where thousands rallied against new financial reform laws the government has passed raising taxes. Protests last week in the city on the issue led to the death of a student and widespread anger in the Caribbean nation. The protesters - many from the middle class - say that the tax rises are paying for corruption, not tackling debt, while the government says it needs to tackle the nation's large deficit. Our iReporter says there were tens of thousands of people at the protest, many dressed in black. "The atmosphere is hopeful, but had a really good mood," he said. "It is the first time ever that the Dominican middle class has raised their voice. Generally the middle class is silent and obedient, now everyone is appalled at what is happening and people are so offended, that they finally moved."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    A Dominican Spring rising? perhaps... What ever it is, it is a sentiment, a movement that has slowly been gaining support... Specially from the usually quiet an obedient Dominican middle classes... something to watch out for... something to hope for...

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