Mob pelts Dominican Consulate in Haiti, staff evacuated
Dajabón, Dominican Republic.- A mob of angry Haitians on Monday attacked the Dominican Consulate building in Ouanaminthe, northeast Haiti, which prompted the evacuation of the staff.
The rioters pelted the consulate’s windows and staged protests by torching tires nearby.
Haiti National Police reportedly fired tear gas to disperse protesters who also blocked the hundreds of workers from entering the Codevi Industrial Free Zone in Ouanaminthe, owned by Dominican businessman Fernando Capellan.
Outlet listin.com.do reports that the riots continue in Haitian villages near the border with the Dominican Republic, on demands that Michell Martelly’s administration attend social needs such as drinking water, energy, street and roads repairs among others.
On Monday the cross-border market reopened after being shuttered last Friday on protests staged by Haitians in several towns, to demand that Port-au-Prince lower the taxes levied on products imported from Dominican territory.
Updates (December 6, 2014): Calm returns to Dajabón and Juana Mendez border areas
Dajabon, DR.– The Dominican Consulate in the Juana Mendez community, Haiti, worked normally Friday, as well as the binational market held every Monday and Friday in Dajabon.
Vice consul Marciano Mateo reported that the whole staff of the embassy showed up to work on Friday. In recent days, a mob of Haitians pelted it with stones, bottles and sticks, so it was necessary to close the office until the violent incidents ceased.
The military surveillance has been reinforced in the two customs, that is in both sides of the border, in order to avoid further problems between Dominicans and Haitians.
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