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Haiti - FLASH : Tension is rising on both sides of the border in Dajabón
At the entrance to the various intersections, merchants have placed their trucks across the streets leading to the border, to prevent any type of access. They refuse to give in to the alleged blackmail that the Haitians have been trying to exert since Monday, when they closed the door on the Haitian side of the border.
"We prohibit the passage of goods by truck or other towards Haiti because it is a blackmail to which we are accustomed," firmly declared Abigail Bueno, President of the Association of Merchants of Dajabón.
Let's recall that since Monday, merchants and residents at the Haitian-Dominican border, on the Haitian side, began a wave of protests because of the existence of alleged mistreatment suffered by their compatriots by the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) at the time of to be repatriated to Haiti.
Among the measures taken by the Haitians is the closure of their commercial side of the border, threatening to keep the door closed for three months if necessary, to obtain a stop to repatriations and to guarantee better treatment for people repatriated... Blocking the commercial activities of the binational market of Dajabón for lack of buyers... https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-38204-haiti-dominican-rep-6-492-haitians-in-an-irregular-migratory-situation-repatriated-in-one-week.html
The Dominican merchants of the market of Dajabón, decided to make see to the Haitians that they will not yield either "As merchants, we do not ask that the door be opened, but rather that national sovereignty be respected. We are not starving as they think. If they want to close their door for 3 months, we are going to close ours for a year because it is enough blackmail that every time there is a market they force them to close it to put pressure on them," said explained Welintong Payano, one of the Dominican merchants.
The Specialized Corps for Land Border Security (Cesfront) asked the truckers to open the roads, explaining that although they support them, this could cause another type of situation that would harm a higher level.
However, the merchants present defended themselves by declaring that they will remain on their positions until the blackmail of the Haitians stops. They presented themselves as auxiliaries to the government's interests in repatriation. Likewise, they confirmed that they maintained open access for the passage of national military forces, and that they did not prevent Haitians in a legal situation from entering the country.
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