"A small gay pride gathering that took place Saturday evening in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was interrupted" by riot police, according to Blabbeando's Andrés Duque, who offers a rough translation of the report "Democratic Modernity and Homophobic Repression in the Dominican Republic" in Diario Digital.
Even though LGBT Dominicans have celebrated a number of public gay pride events every June since 2001, there hasn't been a single event in which organizers have not run into opposition by Dominican authorities in the form of permit delays and denials and outright interventions. In this case, authorities had denied a request from Santo Domingo's Metropolitan Church to hold a gathering at Duarte Park and host a religious event in observance of gay pride on Saturday. Despite the lack of a permit, a few LGBT individuals decided to gather at the park and celebrate, which led to the police intervention.
The events described in the park sound very much like the events at Stonewall. The translation continues: The park was surrounded "with agents from the National Policeand Politur and police vehicles with emergency lights on, while uniformed agents took photos of those who were present with the clear purpose of intimidation."
As recently as June 2007, Duque reports "close to 250 people congregated ... in a show of LGBT public visibility" "without incident at Santo Domingo's Duarte Park.