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Sugarcane workers demand free identity documents

SANTO DOMINGO. Haitian sugarcane workers began yesterday a new struggle, and this time it is for President Michel Martelly to order the legal documents that will allow them to apply to the Immigration Normalization Plan be provided to them free of charge.

Hundreds of men and women, in the majority of an advanced age, and some who have been living for more than 50 years in the country, walked down Maximo Gomez Avenue, where it intersects with Nicolas de Ovando, until they reached the offices of the Haitian Embassy, located on Juan Sanchez Ramirez Street, in the University Zone, where they came together to demand birth certificates, passports and identification cards on the understanding that the Haitian state has a social and economic debt with them, because they took part in the signing of the agreements for contracting temporary Haitian workers to work in the sugarcane fields of the Dominican Republic.

Jesus Nuñez, the president of the Union of Sugarcane Workers of the Bateyes (UTC), wrote a letter addressed to President Martelly in which they demand free documents in order to correct their legal status and that of their children in the country.

After rallying for nearly an hour, Nuñez and other members of the UTC that accompanied him, were received by ambassador Fritz Cineas, to whom they delivered the letter, and who promised to take their worries to Martelly so that these documents would be free of charge.

Nuñez said that next week they will go and seek the answer from the Haitian president, which he expects will satisfy their demands, but on the contrary they will continue their fight more intensely.

A warning

Jesus Nuñez called on his followers not to be impatient and not let themselves be cheated by other Haitians that promise to get the documents and exchange for money, or by NGOs that have committed the error of giving Haitian passports to those to whom they do not belong, and to pay attention to his recommendations, making it clear that he is their guide in the fight to achieve the normalize a show and of their legal situation and that of their children, because the UTC is the true vigilante of their rights.

Source: DiarioLibre

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