If that were true, then virtually ALL of La Cienega would be gone.just like anywhere else. Squatters are given an opportunity to leave or they are arrested for trespassing, just as it should be.
Over the past years when a very corrupt mayor was in charge of Cabarete, hundreds if not thousands of trucks were used to fill in the swamp where thousands of people now live. Yes it is thousands. The mayor then accepted payment for issuing "titles" to those "properties" which are actually on a government park that is environmentally protected wetlands. Go figure, but this is the DR.
There was talk years ago of moving them out, but the PLD was so corrupt nothing ever happened. That infamous mayor eventually was jailed over his many and various crimes, but too little and too late for La Cienaga which has grown to about 4,000 people give or take a thousand. It is a substantial number and I can only guess from Google Satellite photos by the sheer number of houses stacked side by side into the swamp.
What happened yesterday was because the government built a "canal" to stop this illegal sprawl. Some people built on the now "forbidden" side of the canal and they are the ones who were very forcibly evicted:
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At the end of the video you can hear the government helicopter flying into the playing field in La Cianaga that happened around 10 AM during the "Festivities" shown in the video on Facebook. There are other videos with the mayor of Cabarete explaining this came from the President of the DR.