Firebombs rock Dominican town known for violence

NAVARRETE, Dominican Republic. – Violent protests rocked the northwestern town yesterday, where vandals torched three vehicles in protest to a 20 year prison sentence against Luis Jose Fernandez, a leader of the feared group Falpo in the death of two people during a 2009 riot.

The Police said unidentified vandals hurled a firebomb at a house in the section Villa Olga, destroying three vehicles, one of them owned by Ines Maria Disla, who asked the authorities to investigate.

Since early Wednesday morning several explosions from homemade bombs were heard in different sectors, as police increased street patrols to prevent incidents, in a city where many, often violent protests have been staged throughout the years.

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