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Anger in Dominican city after activist killed during protest

By on August 3, 2017

A man holds a banner with a text that reds in Spanish “Against Corruption” during a rally near the National Palace in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday February 22, 2017. (Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, File/AP)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Riot police and soldiers have spread out across a city north of the Dominican Republic’s capital following protests over the killing of an activist during a demonstration against the local government.

Many businesses closed Thursday in San Francisco de Macoris and public transit ground to a halt as the city braced for possible protests over the death of university student and activist Vladimir Lantigua. He was shot and killed Tuesday during a protest calling for more spending on infrastructure and demanding the prosecution of a former city official accused of corruption.

Protest group leader Raúl Monegro said many believe the 24-year-old was shot by police and they are demanding an investigation. Police spokesman Nelson Rosario said officers had withdrawn from the area when the shooting occurred and were not involved.

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