The Dominican Republic has a complicated relationship with urbano music, one that has included a history of censorship and classism. But, through all of this, Alofoke Radio Show has supported the movement from the beginning, and now it seems the show is facing the wrath of critics.

On Tuesday, unidentified suspects fired shots outside of the KQ94.5 FM radio station in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where the Alofoke program was airing live. A press release reports that the shooting took place at about 10 p.m. local time, when the gunmen rode past the window of the station on a motorcycle. Host Santiago Matías shared images of the shooting on Instagram shortly after the attempt took place. In the caption, he wrote, “They shot at us three times and they tried to kill us.”

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#Repost @kq94.5 ・・・ 5 de Septiembre 2018
Santo Domingo, D.N. Comunicado La empresa de comunicaciones Megamedios S.R.L. condena el atentado contra nuestra emisora KQ94.5fm ocurrido el pasado martes 4 del presente mes, alrededor de las 10:00 de la noche, cuando desconocidos a bordo de una motocicleta tirotearon desde la calle hacia la cabina principal de KQ94.5fm, mientras estaba al aire el programa Alofoke Radio Show, bajo la conducción y producción de Santiago Matías, el doctor Nastra y el Chico Sandy. Los organismos investigativos de la Policia Nacional realizaron las pesquisas de lugar para dar con el paradero de los desaprensivos que cometieron el hecho y las razones del mismo. Esta acción vandálica representa un atentado contra la libre expresión y el ejercicio de la comunicación en la República Dominicana, esperamos que las autoridades judiciales asuman su papel de garantistas de los derechos y apliquen sanciones ejemplares para este tipo de delitos. @santiagomatiasgarcia @alofokemusicnet @eldotolnastra @elchicosandy @juniorsosaradio @elrubiofm @anthonyquinnrd @djrob8025 @kq94.5

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A press release from the organization that represents the radio station claims that the National Police have opened an official investigation. It states that the shooting is “an attack on free speech and communication in the Dominican Republic. We hope that authorities assume their role as guarantors of rights and apply sanctions as an example for this kind of crime.”

Remezcla will update this post if more information on the shooting becomes available.

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