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Haiti tried to pressure Dominican Republic with sugar workers

Santo Domingo.- Sugarcane Workers Union spokesman Jesus Nuñez revealed Thursday that the Haitian government tried to use them to press for an extension of the period to register for the government program to legalize foreigners, which they rejected, because “we are not part of an NGO.”

He said Haitian embassy chief of staff Miouseming Celestin told them that regularization plans around the world take as long as five years for which they couldn’t allow the Dominican Republic to conclude it in July.

“She wanted to use us, because as one which struggles with Haitians, she believed that we were in that wave. We are not part of an NGO. The NGOs go to marches the same way we did, in front of the Haitian embassy,” the union leader said.

“That is false, the chief of staff knows that we paid 4.6 million pesos and we are not counting the cane workers of La Romana or those of El Seibo and San Pedro, we are counting the cane workers of the capital and she needs to provide a strong response about the money deposited,” Nuñez said during a protest by hundreds of sugarcane workers in front of the National Palace to demand higher  pensions.

“The legalization program is over and it´s now when the Haitian embaasy comes with the affidavits and wants to say that the Pidi (Documentation Plan in Haiti) was a success but it was a failure because the Pidi has not delivered anything,” he said

Source: DT

August 13, 2015

Category: DR News |

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