Taxi drivers in Santo Domingo are opposed to new regulations that limit where they can pick up fares.
Troops around jeeps
Soldier on corner
Back of jeeps
Demonstrators being pushed back
Jeep patrolling area
Troops containing crowd
Civilians watching troops
Troops watching civilians
Jeep driving in street
Jeep with machine gun
Prisoner taken in jeep
2 shots, troops watching crowd
2 shots, troops move crowd back
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Background: Taxi drivers in Santo Domingo are opposed to new regulations that limit where they can pick up fares. They protested the new regulations on July 27th and American military policemen had to use riot tactics to break up their demonstrations. No one was injured.
The Inter-American Force (I.A.F.) issued regulations that declare certain curb areas off limits for passenger pick-ups by taxicabs. Stopping in mid-block by taxis is also forbidden by the new regulations. These new rules were placed in effect to speed traffic flow in Santo Domingo.
The taxi drivers also are protesting what they term rough treatment and harassment by troops enforcing the rules.
A crowd of taxi drivers formed at an American-controlled corridor. U.S. military police arrived on the scene and then formed into a wedge and moving down the road pushed the demonstrators back. The crowd was dispersed and following that the taxi drivers called a 48-hour strike.
Santo Domingo has a large fleet of cabs which carry passengers along regular routes at a price of ten cents each. This is the major public transportation in a city lacking bus or other mass transport systems.
American ambassador Ellsworth Bunker agreed to investigate the claims by the taxi drivers that they were being harassed by U.S. troops.