Dominican Republic. A general strike in the Dominican
Republic's Northeast in July resulted in at least ten people
being injured when security forces clashed with protesters,
demanding better infrastructure in, among other things.
electricity and water. In October, four people were killed
in the capital as they demonstrated against the daily power
outages. Some periods, the power could be gone for 20 of the
day's hours. The government signed contracts with German and
French companies for the construction of new power plants.
At the beginning of March, Peru's President Fujimori came
to the Dominican Republic to inquire about the persons who
occupied the Japanese embassy in Lima could be granted
asylum in the country. According to
Countryaah, the Dominican Republic attended the
Central American Summit in Costa Rica in May, at which US
President Bill Clinton also attended. The meeting discussed,
among other things, the opportunity to give countries in the
area freer trade relations with the United States.
Dominican Republic - Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, 1936–61 Ciudad Trujillo, capital of the Dominican
Republic; 2. 6 million residents (2012). Santo Domingo, located on the southeast
coast of the island of Hispaniola, is the country's industrial, commercial and
financial center. The city has a significant port and a varied industry, which
includes the plastics, cement, textile and food industries as well as the
metallurgical and petrochemical industry. In Santo Domingo there are also three
universities and many cultural institutions. About 40 km east of Santo Domingo
is the city's international airport.
The city, thanks to its colonial architecture and planning, has been listed
on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1990.
Santo Domingo was founded by Christofer Columbus's brother Bartolomeo and is
the oldest European founded city in the New World. Santo Domingo was largely
destroyed by a hurricane in 1930 but soon rebuilt. The city has America's oldest
university, founded in 1538, and the alleged remains of Christopher Columbus.