|Waiting for the military band to lead the march|
The Three Martyred Sisters
Women activists and the United Nations have marked November 25 as The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The date also commemorates in the Dominican Republic the brutal slaying of three sisters who opposed the rule of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. The sisters, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal were murdered in 1960. Most historians agree that Trujillo ordered their murders because the sisters continually opposed corruption and violence Trujillo used to keep himself in power.
However, it also led to the dictators own death six months later when seven men ambushed Trujillo killing him as he was being driven to see one of his many mistresses.
Of the seven men involved in the killing of the dictator, two of the conspirators were later shot and killed, four were captured and executed.
There was one sole survivor who managed to escape and is living in the Dominican Republic. He is in his nineties. A fourth sister is also still living in the Dominican.
Marching for Women in the Dominican
Ilda, Margarita and Gloria walking through San Pedro de Macoris
It was a perfect day for the march. Just a light sprinkle of rain, not too hot and a slight cloud cover. The turnout was excellent.
The march began at 3;30 pm, headed up by the military band followed by policemen and women, the red cross, the firemen, school children in their school uniforms and about 1500 people participating in the march.
It was a perfect day to take photos of downtown San Pedro and some of the historic buildings along the way.
We took a picture of the modern Cancer Clinic baseball player Sammy Sosa built for the people of the Dominican Republic
All traffic stops for a march. Most of these young men are what they call motorcycle taxis. They had to wait about 15 minutes for the marchers to pass by. By their smiles they didn't seem to mind. The army and police were always posted at the intersections to make sure it was safe.
Notice the kids on the balcony. This is a Catholic girls school. I'm sure the teachers taught them the reason for this demonstration. There was also a large contingent of various school children in the march.
Looking back along the parade route