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President Salvador Jorge Blanco of the Dominican Republic dismissed a military commander after five people were killed by troops who opened fire on demonstrators, a presidential spokesman said. Municipal workers organized the demonstration Monday to protest the May 16 general elections, in which the candidate of the opposition Social Christian Reformist Party was elected mayor of Santo Domingo. The dismissed commander, Gen. Marino Polanco, said soldiers opened fire after the demonstrators threw rocks and bottles and gunshots were heard.


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