Despair at Dominican-Haiti border as market shutout enters 9th day
Dajabón, Dominican Republic.- Nine days of a shuttered Dominican-Haiti binational market has brought despair to both sides of the border as merchants´ profits dwindle and consumers have to buy foods at inflated prices, local media report.
A carton of eggs which had cost from 150 to 200 pesos, surged to 450 pesos, whjile similar jumps on other items have led to rising cases of smuggling of goods such as garlic and rum.
Hundreds of Haitians flock to the border gate next to the Masacre river bridge trying to enter the Dominican side to stock up on products while a group of Dominican merchants calls to reopen the market.
Dajabón merchants have also blocked the entry of workers to the Binational Free Zone, to press the government for a solution to the standoff stemming from Haiti´s ban on the overland entry of 23 Dominican products into its territory.
Meanwhile Dominican Border Security (Cesfront) agents have conducted raids leading to the confiscation of an SUV that transported cocaine and marijuana at Puesto Cañongo, near Dajabon.
Oct 16, 2015
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