Dominicans celebrate independence day

Caribbean nation marks 168th anniversary of independence
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Members of the Dominican Navy attend festivities during a parade to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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Women pose with a soldier during a parade to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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Dominicans walk along the malecon during festivities to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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Art work is sold on the street during festivities to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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Members of a Dominican riot police unit attend festivities during a parade to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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A family rides a motorcycle down the malecon during festivities to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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A soldier in an elite Dominican military unit attends festivities during a parade to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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A boy constructs a kite out of a plastic bag during festivities to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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Dominicans walk along the malecon during festivities to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)
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Dominicans walk along the malecon during festivities to mark the Dominican Republic's 168th anniversary of its independence from Haitian rule on February 27, 2012 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry. The Dominican Republic shares the same island, Hispaniola, with its poorer neighbor Haiti. (Getty Images)