Dominican Republic: Keeping the Lid On

Along Calle el Conde, a once fashionable shopping street in Santo Domingo, business was at a near-standstill last week. In the Ciudad Nueva district of the capital, once known as "the Kremlin" because of all the middle-class boys who grew up to be radicals there, posters coated the trees. Evenings, cinemas throughout the city were all but empty and streets were deserted before midnight—the traditional time for political murders. Once again the Dominican Republic was facing the test of presidential elections, and as usual, violence played a leading role. In the three...

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