Dajabon’s cross-border market has eased tensions a little bit
Dajabon, Dominican Republic.- Dajabon’s cross-border market held Mondays and Fridays has eased tensions among Haitians and Dominicans, as merchants from both sides hawk products and merchandise as always, but this time with numerous troops posted at the bridge across the Masacre River.
Haitians began crossing into Dajabon (northwest) on foot and in vehicles early Friday to purchase mostly pastas, cooking oil and vegetables, while according to Defense minister Sigfrido Pared, trade was cut in half at Jimani’s market (west) and shuttered in Pedernales (southwest).
Border Security (CESFRONT) agents and Army troops frisked some Haitians with suspicious profiles prior to their entry into Dominican territory.
Freddy Morillo, head of Dajabon’s merchants association said trade has been normal so far, but didn’t rule out future incidents. “We’re in contact with our Haitian colleagues coordinating measures to avert disturbances in the course of the market,” the business leader said, quoted by diariolibre.com.
Haitian truckers also crossed into Dominican territory without incident, after threats to boycott the market on alleged abuses from their Dajabón and Santiago counterparts.
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