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8 arrested for strike call in Dominican Republic

Secret police arrested eight labor leaders Tuesday moments after they called for a general strike to protest government-ordered increases in food prices, union officials said.

Announcement of the price increases last month set off three days of rioting in which 54 people were killed.

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On Sunday night and Monday, more than 100 opposition political, union, and student leaders were arrested ''as a security measure,'' a police official said. But the police chief, Maj. Gen. Felix Hermida Gonzalez, said no charges were filed against those arrested. He indicated they could be released shortly.

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