Payano and Espaillat agree Dominicans are fed up with the government’s corruption.
“People are tired of being lied to. They’re indignant. They’re are saying “No, no, no. It’s enough.” They’ve realized that if we don’t stop the corruption, we won’t have a future,” Payano said.
He said the outrage is not on the Dominican Liberation Party, which has been in power for 12 out of the last 16 years, but on former President Leonel Fernandez whom Dominicans blame for the excessive spending.
“Who would have thought that Leonel would do this with his squeaky clean image? He has abused his power,” said Payano. He has been involved in Lawrence politics and his son, Pavel Payano serves on the Lawrence School Committee.
“In this country, we learn that if you commit a wrong doing, you are taken to the justice system and if you’re found guilty you go to jail,” Payano said. “We need to bring to justice those responsible so our country can start participating in the democratic process.”
The Rev. Victor Jarvis, who serves on the Lawrence Human Rights Commission, said Medina’s fiscal reform would make citizens pay for the corruption created by the government.
“It may not be happening here, but the fiscal reform will cut services that would affect us,” said Jarvis, pastor of Ebenezer Christian Church. “By participating here, we’re sending a message to the Dominican government that we care.”