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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2018, 08:12:11 PM »
Sorry Saint, you don't know what I understand or don't understand. Let me speak for me.

You asked a question.  I gave you an answer. There is violence taking place throughout the country and you say well the embassy said nothing on there site.  Do you think you should use that as a guide for your personal safety. I know do not ask you what you understand.  Sorry...

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2018, 08:14:27 PM »
No worries, Saint. And yes, I do trust the U.S. Embassy over anonymous posts on an internet message board. In fact, I am going to call the Embassy tomorrow. I'm not telling anybody to go or not to go, but I want the best information I can get. Travelers must make their on go or no-go decisions based  based on the most credible information they can get. All that said, I know Bourbon Street to be a solid guy and his warnings about the taxi boycott in Santiago is alarming. But even that head's up isn't enough to prevent me from doing my own research. First thing in the morning, I'm on the phone to the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2018, 08:39:48 PM by FuenteFuente »
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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2018, 09:27:52 PM »
Damn, thanks for the info Bourbon.
 I stopped doing the STI -then- taxi- to- sosua shit just to save 300 dollars, years back. Fuck that shit.
But good info.

ravi_yadav2000

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2018, 09:52:26 PM »
My novia on the ground in Sosua did talk about the strike but nothing about it being unsafe. Lets see what happens.

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2018, 09:55:36 PM »

This is a REAL issue fellas and happening NOW. Confirmed with friends in Santiago, La Vega and Sosua.

If you have travel plans you may not necessarily need to cancel but need to be real sure about where your going and who will be transporting you. If you are planning on a public taxi or bus and probably uber you wont be going too far over the next 24-48 hours. If you have a known trusted transport source they can probably get you out of the STI or POP airport but I definitely would recommend that you stay in the city you land in for the next couple days and not  travel on the highways. Backboards, completely forget it. Whoever get's you out of the airport will likely tell you the same thing.

The transportation unions in the DR are much like unions in the U.S. back in the 30's and 40's. They play real dirty and real serious when they are striking over a major issue. Many people have lost their lives in these union disputes in the RD so no sense in risking you being added to the count.

The army and police are out in force and that is good and bad. They can limit some of the random attacks against perceived scabs but sometimes they can also incite them. They can also increase the chance of getting caught in the middle of a heavy duty gun battle.

Bottom line. If you decide to go in the next few days, stay in the city that you land in until things calm down. If things do not calm down do not make the Santiago - Sosua journey or the reverse. Just stay in the city you landed in and enjoy. This will blow over....just not sure when, but probably day's not weeks.



 

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2018, 10:08:58 PM »
No worries, Saint. And yes, I do trust the U.S. Embassy over anonymous posts on an internet message board. In fact, I am going to call the Embassy tomorrow. I'm not telling anybody to go or not to go, but I want the best information I can get. Travelers must make their on go or no-go decisions based  based on the most credible information they can get. All that said, I know Bourbon Street to be a solid guy and his warnings about the taxi boycott in Santiago is alarming. But even that head's up isn't enough to prevent me from doing my own research. First thing in the morning, I'm on the phone to the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

@Saint is probably right on this one. Embassies in general and the embassy here in particular tend to be late to the call on these things because their is politics involved. Calling for a full scale movement or travel ban has all sorts of implications and likely needs all sorts of approvals so they probably will not bother unless U.S. citizens start getting shot.

If you do happen to call do let us know what they say as I will be curious to hear.

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« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2018, 10:19:04 PM »
I spent the whole day in Sosua. Not 1 problem here. If you are a foreigner in Sosua you won't even notice anything going on. You could get from Sosua to POP Airport with no problem. The issue is the drive from Puerto Plata to Santiago. The people that I described above were in the middle of a gunfight........with real bullets. I don't care what any taxi driver tells you, you will be assed out if you get caught on that road from STI to Sosua. Especially at night. They are not targeting tourist, they are targeting anybody that tries to pass through the roadblocks. Their philosophy is that for the next 24-48 hours we are shutting down all the major roads on the north coast. No deliveries, no transportation, no travel. Like one poster said, If you are flying in or out of Santiago today or tomorrow just make sure the strike is over before you get on the road.

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2018, 10:51:02 PM »
@bourbon..... thanks for the info brother.

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2018, 11:12:13 PM »
I spent the whole day in Sosua. Not 1 problem here. If you are a foreigner in Sosua you won't even notice anything going on. You could get from Sosua to POP Airport with no problem. The issue is the drive from Puerto Plata to Santiago. The people that I described above were in the middle of a gunfight........with real bullets. I don't care what any taxi driver tells you, you will be assed out if you get caught on that road from STI to Sosua. Especially at night. They are not targeting tourist, they are targeting anybody that tries to pass through the roadblocks. Their philosophy is that for the next 24-48 hours we are shutting down all the major roads on the north coast. No deliveries, no transportation, no travel. Like one poster said, If you are flying in or out of Santiago today or tomorrow just make sure the strike is over before you get on the road.

If you are on the ground now I will trust what you say but just as a reference point both my girls in Santiago and in Puerto Plata said the taxis are not working the airports and all the buses where not running.


On a different note and I know I should do a separate thread on this but have not had a chance to and since I am responding to you now will bring it up. 

I came through your spot a couple months   ago on a flash visit to Sosua and the Food and service were great. I asked for some specific preparations  that I like at most restaurants I go to and your guy that waited on me said no ay problema and the food came in a good 15-20  minutes or so which I though was fine. I think one day I had the cajun pasta dish with some variations and the next day I had a rice and chicken mix that I asked for. Both were great as I said.

When I got back home I saw some threads on here given you shit about the food and the service and I was tempted to jump in and call bullshit on the poster but I know their are a lot of troll fools that get on this board sometimes and the best thing to do is to ignore them so as not to keep the thread going.

For anyone heading to Sosua I would definitely recommend that they include your spot(Bourbon Street) on  their go to list of places to eat. Great food and atmosphere and a perfect spot to sit and see if something strolls by outside that meets your taste.
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« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2018, 12:14:46 AM »
Definitely want to keep an eye on this as I’m traveling this weekend.

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« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2018, 02:25:53 AM »
I have a question for Bourbon Street is your wing special any day or just a certain day. Will you keep it going in January that's when I'm coming down (from POP) also is there any problems getting gas.

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Re: Taxi Strike - Immediate Danger
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2018, 03:40:49 AM »
No worries, Saint. And yes, I do trust the U.S. Embassy over anonymous posts on an internet message board. In fact, I am going to call the Embassy tomorrow. I'm not telling anybody to go or not to go, but I want the best information I can get. Travelers must make their on go or no-go decisions based  based on the most credible information they can get. All that said, I know Bourbon Street to be a solid guy and his warnings about the taxi boycott in Santiago is alarming. But even that head's up isn't enough to prevent me from doing my own research. First thing in the morning, I'm on the phone to the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

@Saint is probably right on this one. Embassies in general and the embassy here in particular tend to be late to the call on these things because their is politics involved. Calling for a full scale movement or travel ban has all sorts of implications and likely needs all sorts of approvals so they probably will not bother unless U.S. citizens start getting shot.

If you do happen to call do let us know what they say as I will be curious to hear.

I am calling the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and will report what I find here -- but a full-scale travel ban has almost no chance of happening. Here are some of the countries currently under a Level 4 "do not travel classification:"

South Sudan
Iran
North Korean
Libya
Mali
Somalia
Syria

The stuff going on with the transportation strike in Santiago right now is child's play compared to those war-torn, Level 4 advisory areas. So again, I am not expecting the U.S. Embassy to issue its highest warning against the DR because of a transportation strike.

The thing to watch for is an increased warning to "Level 3," which means to "reconsider travel." Right now we are still at Level 2 for the DR which is the standard warning for third-world countries with relatively high crime.

My gut feeling, based only on my own opinion, is that the current transportation strike and related disruptions and violence will be over in 3-4 days. If you are flying into POP have your hotel assist you with a driver who will pick you up. Ride out the next few days in Sosua only. Santiago, again based on my opinion, may be more challenging because of the distance. I am going to ask the U.S. Embassy if travelers can expect to get from STI to the bus station safely.


I'll report back after I speak with someone.
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« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2018, 05:16:22 AM »

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« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2018, 05:25:46 AM »
This news article says its a 24 hour strike

https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/170886/dominican-rep-general-strike-in-el-cibao-region-october-29-update-1

Thanks Ravi,

Let's keep the updates coming. Here's another:

https://www.cwtsatotravel.com/resources/travelWarningsSOS.aspx

Dominican Republic: Cibao region: Continue to avoid protests linked to ongoing strike until 30 October morning due to risk of further violence
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 21:30:23 EST
Members in the northern region of Cibao should continue to avoid all demonstrations linked to an ongoing 24-hour general strike due to the risk of further violence. The industrial action, which will conclude at 06.00 (local time) on 30 October, involved violent protests, with participants erecting road blockades with burning tyres, on 29 October. At least one person was killed and several others injured in Santiago (Santiago province) during clashes between demonstrators and the police. The fatality occurred when the police reportedly opened fire to contain the crowd. Further violence and road travel disruption are likely in the coming hours.
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