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21 Feb 2020 | 08:14 AM UTC

France: Dominican solidarity protest scheduled in Paris February 23

Dominican diaspora in Paris to protest in solidarity with ongoing protests in the country on February 23; transportation disruptions possible

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Event

Members of the Dominican diaspora in France have called for a protest in Paris on Sunday, February 23, amid ongoing protests in the Dominican Republic due to election irregularities. Participants are scheduled to gather at Place du Trocadero as of 15:30 (local time).

Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be anticipated in the vicinity of the protest.

Context

Municipal elections were held on February 16 in the Dominican Republic, in which several polling centers operating electronic ballots reported glitches. Following these reports, several protests were reported in cities across the country as a response to the glitches, seen as election rigging by the leading party, the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). The electronic system was used in just 18 of the 158 municipalities - areas with high population density. The Central Electoral Union (JCE) subsequently suspended the elections and called for a new vote on March 15.

Protests have been ongoing across the Dominican Republic for five consecutive days.

Advice

Individuals in Paris are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all large public gatherings as a precaution, and anticipate transportation disruptions.