Haitian authorities meet with Dominican truckers
Officials from Haiti and leaders of the Dominican Federation of Transportation (Fenatrado) met on the border near Jimani, as both sides tried to find a solution to security issues so that Dominican truckers can resume freight service to Haiti. Blas Peralta, the Fenatrado president, said that he has asked the Haitian officials to allow the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (Minustah) personnel to protect trucks entering Haiti to deliver cargo. Failing this, Fenatrado will maintain the stoppage of freight transport to Haiti.
Likewise, Peralta said that the Fenatrado is demanding payment of RD$100 million for damages to 60 trucks caused by mobs. Trucks had their windows broken out, tires cut and cabs set ablaze by the unruly crowds. In addition, 20 truck drivers were physically assaulted on the July 24th and 25th, during an incident in which another Haitian shot a fellow countryman during a fight. In the ensuing chaos, a group of Haitians attacked the Dominican truck drivers who were mistakenly accused of the killing. The Fenatrado strike began last 3 August and is now in its 10th day.
August 13, 2015
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