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    Default International Terrorist gathering point raided by Samana Police


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    Eddy, I posted it a short while back in NE Forum:
    http://www.dr1.com/forums/north-east...tml#post608454

    My heading was a bit down market compared with yours.........

    (brief translation on the other forum for those who need it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambada View Post
    Eddy, I posted it a short while back in NE Forum:
    http://www.dr1.com/forums/north-east...tml#post608454

    My heading was a bit down market compared with yours.........

    (brief translation on the other forum for those who need it).
    Oops, didn't pick up on that.

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    Can this "Report" be confirmed by someone who lives or is in Las Terrenas? No other newspapers have reported on it. If this is true, the DR Tourism effort, is on a mission of self-destruction. With the recent reports of the fraud uncovered in the "Wedding Scams", and now this crap in Samana, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? We already know how it will end....nobody will be punished or be held accountable. This nonsence will give Tourism in the DR more than a black-eye. It seems fraud exist at all levels here, and occurs unchecked. Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica will pick-up our share of the tourist $$$/Euros, if the DR doesn't get it's act together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamanaJon View Post
    Can this "Report" be confirmed by someone who lives or is in Las Terrenas? No other newspapers have reported on it. If this is true, the DR Tourism effort, is on a mission of self-destruction. With the recent reports of the fraud uncovered in the "Wedding Scams", and now this crap in Samana, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? We already know how it will end....nobody will be punished or be held accountable. This nonsence will give Tourism in the DR more than a black-eye. It seems fraud exist at all levels here, and occurs unchecked. Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica will pick-up our share of the tourist $$$/Euros, if the DR doesn't get it's act together.
    I can see from your previous posts that most of them center around outrage about injustices.
    The sentiment is good, specially if one is active in bettering the situation, but as you are fairly new to the country, allow me to tell you that this is not new stuff.
    This type of thing and worse, has been going on forever.
    With the advent of the internet in the DR, online newspapers and world recognition of the DR as a popular tourist destination, debacles such as this are being brought to public attention.
    Changes do not happen overnight, anywhere in the world, much less here.

    Anyone who moves here, expecting world standards to apply, is in for a rude awakening.
    Nevertheless, progress has been made in leaps & bounds.
    As Eddy started this thread, and he has been around here for decades, why don't you ask him what it was like, "back then"?
    Like when the head of immigration (can't remember her name) decided that it was time to get all the German criminals out of the country, and she sent up huge amounts of police & troops into Sosua, (and other areas too) who would go to the discos at around midnight, block all the entrances and exits, shut down the music, turn on the lights, armed to the teeth with big weapons and drag every single soul out of the place, checking each one out individually, and anyone who was on the Interpol list or who couldn't produce ID was taken straight to jail.
    Imagine a tourist who doesn't speak the lingo, sitting in the disco, mellowed out by a few drinks, enjoying the eye candy and dreaming of paradise, and all of a sudden, he's fearing for his life as he's being dragged out like cattle.

    This went on for over a month.
    No, Jamaica, Mexico and Cuba will not get all our tourists (worse things go on there, btw)
    No, this is not a country for the faint of heart.
    No, the criminals will not stop committing crimes, because of your indignation.
    No, a defeatist attitude will not help.
    No, you (or anyone else) shouldn't live here, if all you see is the negative aspects of the country.

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    I haven't been hangin'around Cacao Beach since about a week, but I'll ask and I'll post some feedback...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambada View Post
    Eddy, I posted it a short while back in NE Forum:
    http://www.dr1.com/forums/north-east...tml#post608454

    My heading was a bit down market compared with yours.........

    (brief translation on the other forum for those who need it).
    What is the name of NE Forum?

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    DR1 North East Coast forum
    Last edited by Chris; 02-17-2008 at 12:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamanaJon View Post
    No other newspapers have reported on it.
    They have now..........although I still think we ought to wait to hear from Squat.
    Desalojan por la fuerza a un grupo de turistas en un hotel de Las Terrenas

    Seemingly the result of litigation between the Swiss previous owner of the hotel & the current Dominican owner. Current owner thought litigation was still ongoing with no result as yet. Sheriff's legal paper was unsigned, according to him. Hotel was sold for US$8 million in 2006 so...........perhaps the full sum hasn't been met?

    Not only did this sort of thing happen many years ago, it has also happened recently. Anyone else remember the hotel & casino which got similarly invaded 3 or 4 years ago? That was because the Casino allegedly hadn't paid its debts & the plaintiff then went after the hotel who said that Casino wasn't their responsibility.

    Interestingly here the aggrieved party is a gringo who seemingly has either pull or money to get the sort of battalion activated as was, allegedly, on Friday.

    I'd like to hear from some of the tourists involved although I guess they're a bit preoccupied with other things right now.

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    International Terrorist gathering point raided by Samana Police
    Keep cool Eddy ! This is apparently an international financial and juridical problem - but not an international terrorist gatering point !!!! Those poor tourists were no terrorists !! The situation is already strange and unpleasant, don't give a terrorist connotation to it !
    Watch out, "who you know" might be looking for wapens of mass destruction in LT !

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