People protesting near Licey
Last night, at around 9.15pm, we were driving on the road to Licey from Santiago (about 10 minutes from Santiago) when we got caught up in some kind of protest or something similiar. We didn't see it coming - there were just a couple of plastic chairs in the road, no people - they were off the road. We got a couple of rocks thrown at the car - one broke the front grill, another damaged a side window!
Just wondered if anyone knew of anything going on in the area. I know the Licey area can be trouble during elections.
Should we just avoid going that way (to Cabarete) altogether?
They call it "huelga".
They call it "huelga" which has nothing to do with its translation in a dictionary.
Originally Posted by Nikki Simon
They are riots for some reason or other (no water, no electricity, bad roads, a barrio tiguere locked up by police, etc.).
The rule is: Stop and do not continue, you might even get shot at by a hidden shooter.
Sometimes the huelga tigueres let you pass for money... or a bottle of "wikki"....
If you are not in a hurry you can wait until the riot police arrive... could take hours though.
I have heard of huelga's. Problem this time was that we really didn't see anything until the first rock hit the front of the car! We just keep going as we didn't want to stop right in the middle of it.
Thanks for the info.
My understanding is such nonsense is "sport" in Licey. I just asked some Dominican colleagues, they rolled their eyes and laughed.
Around here in Santiago Licey has a reputation for demonstrations. However, I have never heard of anyone being shot or attacked. Also, I believe it's rare that they throw things at cars from what I have seen.
My approach would be to stop and ask them to let me pass if they had the road blocked. By the way, I frequently travel through Licey and in fact remembering seeing some debris I think this morning. Nonetheless, when we are coming back to STI from Moca we try to get home before 9 or so.
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Licey al Medio and Navarrete are famous doing "Huelgas"....
Avoid passing through those towns, when they strike they act like terrorist, they brake and burn cars it doesn't matter you are a passerby you will be in danger so you better make sure every thing is ok if you really have to visit one of those towns.
So true always Licey medio with the riots,About 2 years ago I was heading to Santiago airport the back way thru Licey when I got caught up in a Huelga with a large tree blocking the road, I went to the colmado bought 2 bottles of extra viejo and some plastic cups and they pulled the tree off the road shook my hand and let me thru to the airport and even let me back thru on my way back to Sosua. To this day I always stop in that Colmado and stay friendly with those guys in the event I need to get thru again during the next Huelga.
Originally Posted by bachata
Do Not attempt to drive thru or around these Huelgas unless you are ready to be hit with rocks,botles or even shot at.Make friends before continuing on or go around a different way.