10 Americans caught in a Dominican Republic Riot Receive a Police Escort - Actual Footage
While on vacation in the Dominican Republic, 10 Americans get caught right in the middle os a dispute between the town of El Limon and the Government. The Government had been shutting off their power from 9am to 5pm every day for the past 5 months. Negotiations to get the power back on had failed so on Martin Luther King Day, January 18th, 2018, the people decided to protest and it got out of control. The main source of income for many of the the people was the tourists visiting the waterfall.
My wife shared this on facebook.
"Towards the end of lunch the lady came to me and told me that a riot had broken out and that we would have to stay there for THEEE DAYS. At that point we started freaking out a little bit. We could see small fires burning in the road and everyone was on edge. At one point all the teenagers started running through the houses and we saw two men with gas masks. The next guy who came to talk to us told us that it would probably be A WEEK until things calmed down and we would be able to leave... but then someone mentioned that there was a police officer up at the road so Garth and I hurried up there to see if they could help us. After a couple of minutes for some reason those police officers took it upon themselves to commit to getting us out of town safely. About 3 minutes into our drive people started throwing huge rocks at the police officers... About every 100 yards the street was blocked again and the officers had to get out and clear the road... They got us up to the center of town and had us sit in our car for about 45 minutes. They thought the roads were clear so we started going again... eventually we had over 40 police officers and 6 police vehicles in the front, back and both sides of us...They...kept saying “we will protect you”... At one point in time something was going on and everyone jumped out of their cars and started running around screaming and made us turn our car around and go back to go down a side road. They were knocking all the power lines down, blocking the roads with trees and trash, starting fires, and throwing things at all the policemen. I was sitting in the second row and I finally looked back to see all my friends leaning down on each other in the seats so their heads weren’t sticking up and all the girls were crying. After we got back out on the main road into town we saw a huge tree in the road and for some reason that we don’t know the police freaked out, jumped out of their cars surrounded us in a half circle and pointed their shot guns to the hills. I could see the police fire a shot into the air but could also hear shots in the hills. I saw one police officer with two big tubes of what we assume were tear gas. At this point Mike knew our front tire was flat but didn’t say anything. This is where I went to the floor and pretty much cried and prayed that we could somehow get out without getting killed or hurt...
...2 minutes later we came upon a HUGE power line across the entire road. They told us that this one was going to take a while because they had to bring a truck in to move it. This is when Mike told us we had a flat. We asked permission to get out of the car and change the tire (fastest tire change I’ve ever seen)... Finally 3 hours later we reached our turn off, tried our best to show our appreciation to the police and got home as fast as we could!! For the first time in my life I was afraid I or someone in our van was going to die or get hurt bad. I could tell that no one was trying to hurt us but i was afraid we’d get hit by something accidentally. It wasn’t like riots I’d seen on TV. All the families were out on their front porches, kids were running around and everything had already happened before we got there and whoever was throwing things was hiding so I couldn’t see them... So many things were going through my head as I sat on the ground with my head down. I was so grateful to be chosen to be protected... I was so grateful... for Mike for being a perfect driver and Jared for being our talker... I’m so grateful that the police decided to protect us and get us home. I was grateful that the people didn’t want to hurt us (because they could have easily done something to us) we had men stepping up with clubs just to walk by our van and nod at us as if to tell us that they weren’t going to let anything happen to us either. I’m grateful we only got one flat (how is that even possible). And I know it sounds crazy but I’m proud of the people for standing up for themselves..."
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