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New Left Review I/40, November-December 1966

James Petras

Dominican Republic: revolution and Restoration

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic with its bulletscarred buildings, run-down commercial area and its daylight streets full of unemployed men and broken-down wooden houses, appears like a Southern negro shanty town superimposed on Harlem. The difference is in the slogans on the walls ‘FUERA GENOCIDAS’. ‘FUERA AGRESORES YANQUIS.’ The houses destroyed by us mortars still lie in ruins; most restaurant windows are still boarded up—much of the destruction was wrought by the battle of June 15th–16th (1965) when us artillery and mobile units including mounted machine guns tried to carry out the us generals’ boast that the Revolutionaries’ sector could be taken in two hours. After three nights and two days of fighting the us marines had advanced only two blocks. . . But the ravages are still present, many Dominican freedom fighters are not. [1] Bosch estimated that between three and four thousand Dominicans were killed after the us intervention—Interview with Juan Bosch.

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