|Just to keep you up-to-date on what has been going on. As some of you have heard there has been some problems with the police here last weekend.|
Earlier last week there appeared an article in Clave Digital about the gay scene in Santo Domingo. The article seemed to be positive and talked about the community. There was a stir about if the article was going to cause unwanted attention, but most didn't think anything would come from it. There was talk in article about the police asking people for money. No one knows what caused the raid at Arena, but it has been confirmed that they came and closed everything down. They closed the hotel, the club and the spa.
The police showed up at the Sports Bar and Jay-Dee's. All they did was ask for ID and left. There were rumors that other bars were closed, it is not true. Only Arena (and its other businesses).
When I find out more information I will let you know.
UPDATE (Wednesday, 2:20pm):
I spoke with Kelvin, the manager of Arena, today. They are still trying to find out exactly the reason for their businesses being closed. He says they keep getting different reasons from noise, to drug investigations, to underage people inside. Most people know that these reasons are nonsense. Chachita Rubio, the famous gay television personality, has been using her television show to highlight this controversy. She has been outspoken and giving the prosecutor hell. She talked about how she has been going to Arena for years and there was never a problem. Kudos to Chachita, who is doing a great service for the gay community here. Most of the reaction that I have seen is in agreement that the place was closed down on some trumped-up charges. Here's hoping that this matter can be resolved amicably and that Arena will open as soon as possible.
Also, I wanted to make sure that everyone understands that the WHOLE gay community wasn't "raided." The police only stopped by the Sports Bar and Jay-Dee's. They were not, I repeat NOT raided at anytime. Unfortunately, there are those who have spread rumors that other places were raided and closed. It is not true.
More later ...