On February 16, 2020 the Dominican government made the fateful decision to cancel municipal elections due to a computer “glitch.” To add insult to injury, 2 days later Dominican authorities responded to protests by firing tear gas bombs at young folks protesting the machinations of the ruling party. The response from everyday Dominicans on the island was an emphatic hell to the nah. Massive, peaceful, non-violent protests simultaneously broke out across the island. The Dominican Diaspora also decided that they would stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Quisqueya and protests have taken place across the globe from Spain, to the Netherlands to Los Angeles and Miami. Washington Heights, which is the unofficial 3rd capital of the Dominican Republic, would not be silent. On Saturday, February 22, thousands of people converged on 181st Street to ensure their voices were held.

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