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Haiti - Social : Weak mobilization of opposition in Friday's demonstration
07/12/2013 12:14:03

Haiti - Social : Weak mobilization of opposition in Friday's demonstration
This week, the base of Lavalas had given his support to the holding of the demonstration of Frida, the organizations "National Movement of the People's Opposition" (MONOP), "Grand-Bel-Air", "Fòs Patriotik ou Respè Konstitsyon an" (FOPARK), "Mouvman Gran Bèlè" and "MOLEGHAF" had launched mobilization orders.

André Fador, leader of MONOP stated "[...] we will again go before the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Petion-ville, and this is the responsibility of every citizen, civil society, voodoo, Protestants, Catholics [...] we invite all those who believe they have blood of Dessalines in their veins , all those who believe to be nationalists, who are ready to defend the country's interests [...]"

Yet on Friday, the demonstrators were few unlike past opposition demonstrations , only a few hundred, took to the streets, waving placards "Justice for our brothers and sisters and for Haiti", to denounce the decision on 23 September, of the Dominican Constitutional Court, to withdraw citizenship to descendants of foreigners [for whatever origin] born in the Dominican Republic after 1929, on the basis that their parents were considered "in transit", ie with no official residence document or legal identity dociment, over 200,000 according to groups of defense of human rights, while according to the Dominican Central Electoral Council after examination of the books of the civil state in the country, officially counted 13.672 children of Haitian descent, who have been declared improperly with invalid documents https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9834-haiti-denationalization-audit-results-of-dominican-civil-state-registers.html

A number of demonstrators who has continued to reduced at the approach of Petionville, while members of the Corps of Intervention and Maintenance of Order (CIMO), National Policie of Haiti (PNH) and MINUSTAH, have interposed at the haut Demas to block the road to the demonstrators, preventing thezm to access to the Consulate and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic, also protected by Dominican military.

"The absence of some political leaders to this event, which defends the interests of our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic humiliated surprised me [...]" declared deputy Bélizaire, only known opposition leader saw at the event which took place without much incident.

The protesters called on Haitians and foreigners to boycott all travel to the Dominican Republic. Note that despite the incidents in Neyba, which occurred recently in neighboring Republic, voluntary return of hundreds of our compatriots, who feared for their lives https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9951-haiti-social-incident-of-neyba-haitian-clarifications.html the protests and international condemnation, the number of Haitians waiting every day before the Dominican Consulate to obtain a visa for this country, does not however reduced...

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