In New York City, thousands of people from the Dominican community took to the streets of Washington Heights Saturday to protest the suspension of local elections in the Dominican Republic earlier this month. Anti-government protests have been ongoing since last week, after the Dominican Central Electoral Board blocked municipal elections, alleging there was a “technical glitch” in the electronic ballot machines. Voters say it’s part of an attempt by the ruling political party to hold onto power. These are voices from Saturday’s protest in Washington Heights.
Yolis Pérez: “I’m a professional who had to migrate from my country in search of a better future for my daughter. My daughter’s generation needs us to truly wake up and that we clean up our country for them.”
Laura Gómez: “I believe that the elections brought a conclusion to a series of events. This was the last drop in a country that has endured too many abuses and corruption.”
The last voice was actress Laura Gómez of “Orange Is the New Black.” Dominican Republic officials are reportedly investigating the alleged ballot machine glitches and have rescheduled the municipal elections for March 15.