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2 Die in Dominican Rep. Violence

March 17, 1999

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Stray bullets killed two more people in the northern Dominican Republic during violent protests to demand cheaper gasoline and more government services, police said Wednesday.

The shootings Tuesday brought the toll to three dead and more than 20 people injured, including five police officers, as police and protesters exchanged gunfire in northern Salcedo, about 60 miles northwest of Santo Domingo.

Fausto Liriano Acevedo, 45, was hit by a bullet as he crossed a street near one of the protests. Maria Encarnacion, 57, was shot in the chest while at home.

On Monday, a 20-year-old college student, Vladimir Frias, was killed in Salcedo during a clash with police. Police are investigating the death.

Police said Wednesday they were sending extra riot police to the north.

The Dominican Republic has been plagued in the last year by violent general strikes and protests to demand more construction, repair of roads and new water lines in many communities.

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