Santo Domingo.- Fidel Santana, national deputy and leader of the left-leaning Frente Amplio (FPA), on Sunday said he was barred from traveling to the US as he was about to board a Delta airline flight at Las Americas International Airport on Friday.
Meanwhile his colleague and also leftist Fidelio Despradel , of the minority party Alianza País was denied an official visa, which he had requested as a Dominican legislator.
Santana was slated to dictate a conference to mark Dominican Identity Week in New York.
Despradel said he had requested an official visa as a legislator of the Dominican Republic but was denied.
The revelation comes after Santana denounced having been prevented from traveling to the US.
Interviewed on Colorvision Channel 9, the lawmaker said the ban was on his personal visa, since he has yet to request a legislative one.
Despite his insisting on the reasons for the measure, he was told to go to the American embassy in the country, since they had no details.
"I have never been linked to acts of corruption or drug trafficking; the only reason could be for my militancy of more than 40 years in the revolutionary left of my country. If it was for that, more than shame, it's pride. I am a Dominican Revolutionary and believe in my country's independence."