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Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« on: October 29, 2018, 11:48:39 AM »
Im really not one to hype shit up or make things bigger than what they are. But anyone flying in or out of Santiago and driving to Sosua is in serious danger. Its to the point where I'm giving you some sound advice, don't take that trip. The Taxi and Transportation Unions are protesting the price of gas and they have basically shut down all transportation on the north coast. I had a couple good friends in town and they were booked on the 8am out of Santiago. On the way to the airport they were stopped and shot at. Their vehicle was hit several times with machine gun rounds. It really is like a war zone. They spent 3 hours basically hiding from people trying to kill them. Now I'm sure someone is going to come on here and try to downplay this strike like its nothing but I am telling you its absolutely not safe to make that trip from Santiago to Sosua or Vice Versa. The taxis will not let you pass, if you try to pass them they will hunt you and try to kill you. The police are fucking hiding.

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2018, 12:23:27 PM »
My friend who live in Santiago told me the same thing . don't travel till this is over

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2018, 12:24:11 PM »
Event
A 24-hour general strike is set to take place in the northern El Cibao region beginning at 06:00 (local time) on Monday, October 29, to denounce rising fuel prices. Public transit, business, and commercial disruptions are possible, along with associated protests.

The El Cibao region, also known as Región Norte, consists of the provinces of Duarte, Hermanas Mirabal, María Trinidad Sánchez, Samaná, Dajabón, Monte Cristi, Santiago Rodríguez, Valverde, Espaillat, Puerto Plata, Santiago, La Vega, Monseñor Nouel, and Sánchez Ramírez.

Further strikes are possible in the coming days in the South and East regions of the country.

Advice
Individuals are advised to avoid all protests due to the risk of violence and be prepared for general disruptions.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2018, 03:13:36 PM by BlameItOnThePatron »

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2018, 12:33:07 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2018, 12:36:38 PM »

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2018, 01:10:01 PM »
I'm not so sure about the shooting part, but I'm sitting here at Flip Flop bar enjoying my bang bang shrimp after having a conversation with OBE from Las Palmeras and the owner of the restaurant, it's pretty bad...schools shut down etc. But then again, how the fuck is a gallon of gas $5 in DR!?! My flight leaves on Thursday in the afternoon so hopefully it passes before then

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2018, 01:13:24 PM »
Wow!  That is crazy!  I make that trip all the time. I can’t image what I would do.  I am sure it would be even worst if they find out you are in an Uber.  Thanks for the heads up.  Please let us know when things calm down.

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2018, 03:41:42 PM »
Are they targeting tourist, or just anyone on the road? 

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2018, 04:17:44 PM »
Are they targeting Caribe Tour or Metro buses that passed through Santiago??

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2018, 07:02:56 PM »
Is this also going on in Santo Domingo? We headed there later this week.
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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2018, 07:41:51 PM »
So far, no travel advisory from the U.S. Embassy related to the taxi strikes. The Embassy has its standard Level 2 alert for the country, advising using an abundance of caution for the usual crime.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/dominican-republic-travel-advisory.html

Go to the link below to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Once you enroll and provide your travel plans the Embassy will send you any emergency alerts related to conditions on the ground.

 https://step.state.gov/step/

« Last Edit: October 29, 2018, 07:56:55 PM by FuenteFuente »
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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2018, 07:53:23 PM »
So far, no travel advisory from the U.S. Embassy related to the taxi strikes. The Embassy has its standard Level 2 alert for the country, advising using an abundance of caution for the usual crime.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/dominican-republic-travel-advisory.html

And that is the problem and not learning Spanish and reading the newspapers. I know many you brag about not learning, but that is why when someone tells you you can move anywhere you need to know what is going on in that area.  You wait for the embassy information it will be to late.  Not safe to travel:

https://listindiario.com/la-republica/2018/10/29/539500/relacionado-con

Santo Domingo:


https://www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2018/10/29/539519/hieren-a-un-agente-de-la-policia-en-protestas-de-la-uasd
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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2018, 08:00:10 PM »
What do those stories about a university protest in Santa Domingo have to do with the taxi strike and violence in Santiago? There is always crime. One of the stories you link to is about a police officer being cut on the hand during a student protest. That's a big difference from tourists being shout at --- even if the story is in Spanish.

Here's the story yo linked:

An agent of the National Police was injured after being hit by one of the stones thrown by protesters from the access doors of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) during the protests on Monday.

The officer was identified as the second lieutenant Sanó Ramírez, who was taken to the General Teaching Hospital of the National Police.

The wound caused a cut in one of his hands, while making non-lethal shots with his shotgun, so he had to leave the place.

Since midday Protestants and riot police of the National Police are facing in the vicinity of the UASD, because it was eliminated the right of students to register subjects in regional centers and in support of the work stoppage that takes place in the Cibao
« Last Edit: October 29, 2018, 08:05:00 PM by FuenteFuente »
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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2018, 08:02:49 PM »
What do those stories about a university protest in Santa Domingo have to do with the taxi strike and violence in Santiago?

Because there are violent incidents taking place throughout the country because of this strike.  You seriously do not understand that.  Not safe to travel, but keep waiting for the embassy.  What's up...
« Last Edit: October 29, 2018, 08:08:44 PM by Saint »

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2018, 08:07:29 PM »
Sorry Saint, you don't know what I understand or don't understand. Let me speak for me. 
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