Hundreds of Angry Citizens Refuse “Smart” Meters in Dominican Republic

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October 01, 2015
(UPDATED 3 October 2015, 7:30am PST)

Last week, hundreds of Edenorte customers in the Dominican Republic removed so-called ‘smart’ meters from their homes and businesses.

Watch the action here on Facebook (with over 1.3 million views!), or on Youtube below:

The title of the video loosely translates to: “Take off your meters and bring it to EDENORTE in Piedra Blanca.”

While ‘smart’ meters facilitate unlawful surveillance, cause fires and emit strong pulsed microwave radiation, it appears that these organized customers were most irate about the unjustifiable increases in their utility bills.

We commend Dominicans for such unified, inspiring action, and we commend their military and police for doing the right thing and supporting the people.

UPDATE: Video Translation:

“Hundreds of meters were removed and put in front of the electricity company offices of the north (in the city of Peidro Blanca, Provinice of Monseñor Nouel).”

“The reason was high rates combined with frequent electrical outages in the region. The outages became prolonged and the electricity bills arrived at nearly double that of the month before.”

One guy (in pink t-shirt) holds up a meter and asks how it is possible in X days for it to register 1041 Kilowatts. And he says, “this is why we say that they have rigged these meters to benefit them.”

“The residents say that the lower their consumption, the higher the bills.”

“Since yesterday, residents from numerous barrios had gone out in the streets to protest this.”

We’ve also received this background info:

The electric company (Edenorte) has changed all of the meters to “smart” digital meters. They began that process a year ago, and so throughout the city we all have these meters which the electricity company says are a “more accurate” reading of the usage of every home.

And also because the electric company is now a “free entity” meaning that they are no longer under government regulation, they can essentially do whatever they want, hence charge whatever they want.

A commenter below notes: The electricity was being cut off out of nowhere and they would have no power for a couple of hours every day, sometimes more.

They are also saying that the electric bills are coming in double for the same usage as last year, and that is true.

The bills came this month, and the video is an example of public outrage.

They’re turning over the trucks of the electric company, slashing the tires, and braking the windows – but other than that it’s just a normal calm beautiful day here.

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35 thoughts on “Hundreds of Angry Citizens Refuse “Smart” Meters in Dominican Republic”

  1. Well, it is good that smart meters are getting a push back somewhere, but let’s not get too carried away with the “injustices” that the Dominicans are facing. I was married to a Dominican and have lived in the Dominican Republic for several years, with a 13 year old Dominican daughter that still resides there. I’ve been immersed in their culture and am very familiar with their language and customs.

    I don’t wish to malign Dominicans as a whole, but at the same time, it must be said that there is much left to be desired about Dominican attitudes and conduct in general. Many, many Dominicans that I have known say the exact same thing about their own people, it is rather shocking in fact how brutally they will defame their own culture at the drop of a hat.

    The point is, there has been on going issues with the electrical service in that country probably since it was established there. What you see in this video is not an informed revolt against smart meters. It is common for 1000s of Dominicans to steal their electricity. Almost every week there is another story in the Dominican press of someone who has yet again been electrocuted to death from climbing up the pole to get free “juice” for his house. This is one of the prime factors as to why there are rolling blackouts and have been for years; there aren’t enough paying customers to sustain the service. The video gave the impression that these blackouts are a new development accompanying the new smart meters. They are not new, not at all, this has been the norm since I first went to that country in 1996, and my understanding is that it was that way long before my arrival.

    I can’t tell you empirically that what is probably happening is that the company or companies that run the electrical service are really just trying to modernize and upgrade to resolve the situation that I just described (although smart meters aren’t the way to go), but my direct experience tells me that this is probably the case. I was always quite surprised in the past to learn how little most Dominicans that weren’t stealing the power actually paid for it. It has been a constant struggle over there to bring much of the population in with civilized norms ( I know that sounds rather brutal, but it is really the best description that there is), as there are sectors of the upper class that are quite competent, usually American educated and trained, and understand what it will take to bring their country to developed status. In contrast, most of the common people complain about not having power because of the blackouts, but when a more rigid structure is proposed that eliminates the theft and ensures that a fair price is paid to guarantee consistent service, what you get is exactly what you see in this video; complete rebellion. I’ve seen this behavior over there in similar situations more times than I can count.

    1. I remember this movie! It’s an education in techniques for crazy-making. Very enlightening about crisis actors and gangstalking.

      The Hollywood ending is a hoot. After undergoing his god-awful ordeal, the patsy comes out a better person and begins to identify with the hoaxers. As described by court historian, Wikipedia:

      “(Nicholas’s brother) explains that he initiated the game to get his brother to embrace life and not end up like their father. Nicholas breaks into tears, relaxes, and begins to enjoy the party once his shock has dissipated. Later, Nicholas splits the bill for the game with Conrad (and is surprised to discover how expensive it all was). When he sees that (crisis actor) Christine has left the party, he follows her outside to her cab. He asks her to dinner, and she offers to share a coffee with him before her flight takes her to her next game assignment in Australia.”

      This breakdown, as posted on Scoop Feed, is worth the viewing:

      Or catch the whole film:

  2. A while back a MH commenter, Dinophile, had a niece, Brittany, who was dying of some horrible infirmity. I won’t describe it, but the last stages would involve excruciating pain. So she moved her family to Oregon where medication was available if people wanted to manage their own death.

    Brittany wanted to make her death meaningful, since she was denied a life, being under thirty. So she contacted the media, and stated that she was going to manage her own death, and that this should be available to all people in the last stages of their lives.

    Today, California completed the passage of a law that makes it available to people who live here, delivering people from senseless suffering and humiliation. All due to the blessed Brittany, whose name may be used on the law.

    1. That’s a tough one Folk.
      I guess the only logical argument would be. not if you hurt, or if your sick, but if your in sound mind when you make that decision.

      Funny, this is the same argument the left and right have been having for years over so many issues.

      Whats Right and Whats Wrong,

      1. Ric, I’m sorry about this, but you are going to die, hopefully not this century, just like I am. Don’t you understand, nobody leaves this life alive. Some people get so sick when they are dying they just want to get it over with. Don’t you believe in freedom? They should have the freedom to determine the time of their death, just as they should have the freedom to determine their life. Their death is part of their life.

        There has to be two doctors involved, two witnesses, one not a family member, the person must be of sound mind, and administer the medication themself. Is the fear of death so strong that you cannot think reasonably about it? Brittany could, and she was suffering under a terrible infirmity.

        So man up and consider the alternatives when they are all bad.

        1. I don’t understand, Mick. Are you saying that your article DOES mention Congress, and the guillotine?

          If you say things that are outwardly preposterous, you need to defend them. My asking you to do so is in no way pedantic or troublemaking.

          Everything I say, I can defend. I don’t mind being controversial. I have read a lot of your material, at your site; I don’t agree with some of it, but so what? It is when you come here, and make outlandish claims, and purport to prove them by linking to your own site–and don’t produce the goods, well don’t complain when you are called out.

          Or, maybe, the link is wrong, and you DO have an article that talks about congress and the guillotine. If so, just fix the link.

        2. Patrick sometimes I probably should not assume everyone has encountered some of the whistleblower type pieces concerning guillotines smuggled into the US from Canada.

          I don’t provide a link for everything I say as links tend to go into moderation and effect the conversation.

          News of guillotines are all over the net if you care to google this. Otherwise feel free to simply believe I am trying to misguide you or all links I have encountered are not good information. My comments are on a take it or leave it basis. My goodness they even talk about it on the Huffpo.

          In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said lethal injection was a “dishonest” attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment.

          Kozinski said he supports capital punishment but states and the federal government should abandon lethal injection and adopt a different method. He mentioned the guillotine as another “foolproof” method but said he doubted the public would accept that form of execution.

        3. The law passed in Georgia, executions by guillotine. I am not going to keep doing this however.

          Cartoons and video games are talking more about the guillotine. There is a new wrestling hold that is called guess what?

          They are used to enforce noahide laws. They were used in the French revolution.

          There is big money organs, guillotines do not damage them like those pesky lethal injections. You don’t have to waster any of the 1.6 million hollow points that were just ordered.

          The law passed in Georgia

      1. Classic Dub: “We will talk (about it) in the afterlife.” Haha

        Translation: Talk to the Hand because the Face ain’t looking at you..haha

        Whatever that saying is.

        Just kidding Dub.

    2. I am in communication with “Dinophile.” When I read this interaction, I thought of the lengthy conversation we had back in the days the tragedy was playing out. I spent considerable energy defending life, back then, and did not wish to repeat the whole conversation, so I said nothing, this morning.

      But she emailed me (and another of the MHB regulars) about the legislation shortly after I read Mark’s thread. So I told her about it.

      Here’s something she said:

      None of them even mention my evidence that it is a hoax?

      How about you? You can even give them a link to my blog post:

      I should think the windfall to insurers would be an issue of concern to people on that list. You could mention the Barbara Morgan example.

      This is a reference to an earlier email this morning, after I had apprised her of the exchange. Here’s what she wrote (in part):

      Basically, the assisted suicide measure benefits insurance companies. There is a woman named Barbara Wagner who, in 2008, was diagnosed with cancer in Oregon. Her insurance company would not fund an experimental treatment she could have benefited from, but informed her it would pay for the lethal drug so she could kill herself. This is what it’s all about, in other words: we pay hefty premiums all our adult lives to insurance companies (considerably heftier since Obamacare, not to mention mandatory by law), but when we finally get sick and need care they will direct us to the “health care option” of killing ourselves.

      She is, of course, correct. I would hope that James would ask her to write guest post explaining all the details. Everyone would certainly benefit from in, and the ensuing conversation. She has an inside insight, and I know she’d be happy to share it.

      1. I’ve missed Dino; please send her my regards if you think to.

        Why is physician-assisted departure even a matter of law, one way or the other? I mean, right or wrong, moral or immoral, this has been going on for as long as there has been patients (whether of medicine men/women, doctors, pharmacists, or kindly sorcerer). Why does the government have to get involved?

        I believe in the sanctity of life. I belief that for better or worse, life is a gift from God. Only HE can take it. However, I don’t expect that everyone thinks the same as I do. Like abortion (which I happen to think is tantamount to murder), it should be a matter between the patient, the doctor, and God. Not the State.

        With cost and profit being the end-all of medicine/healthcare, well, what could possibly go wrong? (Don’t answer that!!).

    3. there is a sympathetic article today in the ECONOMIST, a reactionary economic and political magazine but a well written one, about Brittany and the California decision about the assisted end-of-life law. This means that the news will be spread over Europe and to some extent, over the world. All due to the courage and humanity of the blessed Brittany.

    4. Okay, I actually remember a commenter here claiming that she was the aunt of Brittany and that she didn’t believe the story was true. Here’s one comment she made on this: (I’m fairly certain there were other comments posted in which she mentioned her doubts about Brittany’s death) Brittany

      And here’s her blog post on it:

      1. quite right, Amanda. There was a family feud involved which provoked Dinophile to believe that Brittany’s death was not real, a form of denial which is not unique at MHB when an event conflicted with the wishes of the commenter. Indeed, another commenter, who apparently had been hitting the cannibis oil too hard, maintained that Brittany really went to South America to entertain a football team.

        These kinds of stories, which are not uncommon on internet blogs, must be taken with a canister of salt. It does not cheapen the act itself, which now has world implications.

  3. Off topic, but “they” are looking for crisis actors north of Houston at the Woodlands mall for November 8 at 5:30 a.m..

    We need volunteers to play victims of an active shooter at the mall. Some “victims” will be moulaged and made up with blood and gore makeup; others will need to play bystanders or witnesses who are upset and scared. Police will be responding to the “scene” an exercising their response to an active shooter.

    More information and contact name and number on site.

    1. This ad for Crisis Actors is just a “in your face” propaganda.

      “See, We have nothing to hide. We Always have drills and even ask the public to volunteer”

      The shootings nation wide are all Real…..

  4. I haven’t had time to blog this yet but it is very important.

    Fibres or particles of fibre,

        titanium dioxide
        silicon dioxide,

    …or similar insoluble silicates vibrate in situ, when subjected to various frequencies of electromagnetic radiation, causing them to behave as “Nano-Blenders”.

    When these particles are within the body, the injury to the surrounding cell structures by the homogenizing of their adjacent material provides a medium for overgrowth of various precursor elements of cancers and other diseases.

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