Teachers trek across Dominican Republic in weeklong protest

Thousands of teachers in the Dominican Republic have walked more than 120 miles (200 kilometers) to demand wage increases and other changes in the Caribbean nation’s public schools, the Associated Press reports.

The teachers also want the government to dedicate 4 percent of its revenues to the school system as required by law and to reinstate subsidized meals for student despite dozens of children repeatedly falling sick.

The mostly yellow-clad protesters finished their march Friday in Santo Domingo outside the Ministry of Education. The building was guarded by more than 300 police officers.

The teachers began their march in the country’s northwest region Monday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/18/AR2011021805441.html

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  1. Portrait Of The 1985 Handsworth Riots – Pogus Caesar – BBC1 TV . Inside Out.

    Broadcast 25 Oct 2010.

    Birmingham film maker and photographer Pogus Caesar knows Handsworth well. He found himself in the centre of the 1985 riots and spent two days capturing a series of startling images. Caesar kept them hidden for 20 years. Why? And how does he see Handsworth now?.

    The stark black and white photographs featured in the film provide a rare, valuable and historical record of the raw emotion, heartbreak and violence that unfolded during those dark and fateful days in September 1985.

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