Haiti reinforces its border with new police agents
An extensive Haitian police contingent was posted at the border near Ouanaminthe yesterday, Wednesday, 26 August 2015, leading to surprise and confusion among both Haitians and Dominicans and creating tensions. Meanwhile, unionized groups from Haiti warned that they would once again close their side of border gates on Friday, 27 August 2015 in protest at the detention of two containers laden with merchandise, one of which is in the customs area and the other in the possession of the Fenatrado truckers’ union.
The Haitian police are maintaining their positions of vigilance and prevention. It is not known exactly what motivated the Haitian authorities to order these reinforcements. In the light of this situation and following the threats from the unions, Dominican traders planning to attend Friday’s binnational market said that they would begin to take preventive measures. The containers are laden with sugar, cooking oil, cement, flour, clothing and other products. Their owners said that that the clothing had been imported from Panama, and that the sugar and other merchandise had been brought from Suriname and other countries in the area, using the Dominican Republic as a bridge. However, the fact that they have been detained is now causing major losses.
Meanwhile, Haiti’s Communications Minister Francois Rothschild said via Twitter that his country would guarantee the safety of people crossing the border. Fenatrado has maintained a stoppage of freight traffic to Haiti since 3 August 2015 demanding that the government of Haiti ensure the safety of transporters and the goods. Rothschild said that Haitian police would arrest anyone who engages in vandalism with the purpose of preventing free circulation through the border. Fenatrado is demanding that the Haiti government assign a Minustah officer to each transporter for protection.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
August 27, 2015
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