• Short Summary

    AFTER DOMINICA'S SECOND COUP D'ETAT WITHIN 48 HOURS, THE STREETS OF SANTO DOMINGO - CAPITAL OF THE REPUBLIC - WERE CROWDED WITH JUBILANT SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS JAN 19 AS SENOR RAFAEL BONNELLY WAS ACCLAIMED BY A QUICKLY RECONSTITUTED COUNCIL OF STATE AS THE COUNTRY'S NEW PRESIDENT.

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    AFTER DOMINICA'S SECOND COUP D'ETAT WITHIN 48 HOURS, THE STREETS OF SANTO DOMINGO - CAPITAL OF THE REPUBLIC - WERE CROWDED WITH JUBILANT SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS JAN 19 AS SENOR RAFAEL BONNELLY WAS ACCLAIMED BY A QUICKLY RECONSTITUTED COUNCIL OF STATE AS THE COUNTRY'S NEW PRESIDENT.

    TANK TROOPS WERE STILL VERY MUCH IN EVIDENCE IN SANTO DOMINGO, SINCE ONLY THE NIGHT BEFORE - LATE ON JAN 18 - DOMINICAN'S FATE HUNG PRECARIOUSLY IN THE BALANCE AFTER TWO DAYS OF RIOTING AND DEMONSTRATIONS FOLLOWING THE MILITARY COUP BY GENERAL ECHAVARRIA THAT COINCIDED WITH PRESIDENT BALAGUER'S RESIGNATION.

    PRESIDENT BALAGUER, WHO WAS THE TITULAR HEAD OF STATE IN THE TRUJILLO REGIME AND STAYED IN OFFICE AFTER THE GENERALISSIMO'S ASSASSINATION LAST MAY, WAS INCREASINGLY HARASSED BY THE NATIONAL CIVIC UNION OPPOSITION WHO NEVER CEASED TO SEE HIM AS A REMNANT OF THE TRUJILLO ORDER. HARD PRESSED, THE PRESIDENT ATTEMPTED A RECONCILIATION BY FORMING A SEVEN-MAN COUNCIL OF STATE - MAINLY NON-POLITICAL BUT CONTAINING ACTIVE ANTI-TRUJILLO PERSONALITIES - WHICH WAS TO ORGANIZE FREE ELECTIONS, PROBABLY IN MAY 1962. SENOR BONNELLY BECAME VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL.

    POPULAR PRESSURE CULMINATED IN FURTHER RIOTING AGAINST PRESIDENT BALAGUER, AND ON JAN 16 GENERAL ECHAVARRIA - WHO ALSO RETAINED HIS OFFICE WHEN THE TRUJILLO REGIME FELL - TOPPED THE PRESIDENT'S RESIGNATION WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MILITARY JUNTA ... ONLY TO BE OUSTED BY AIR FORCE OFFICERS WHO RE-ESTABLISHED THE COUNCIL OF STATE AND, AS THE SITUATION IS SEEN IN WASHINGTON, SET DOMINICA OFF ON A NEW ROAD TO DEMOCRACY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2OHHNTIEB5N2EHHRRHGKVEJN0
    Media URN:
    VLVA2OHHNTIEB5N2EHHRRHGKVEJN0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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