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Environment lets the rich ravage forests, but jails farmers

Pedernales, Dominican Republic.- Pedernales province senator Dionis Sanchez on Thursday railed against the Environment Ministry, for allowing “massive” lumbering in Oviedo, while arresting farmers for cutting 100 wooden posts to fence their plots, protect their goats, pigs and cattle.

He said they won’t allow Environment’s abuse against farmers any longer. “We don’t accept any permits to pull fence posts out of this province, there’s a supposed green forest management program here, which is a lie, they’re lying, they kill the trees with injections.”

The visibly peeved lawmaker said hundreds of thousands of posts are cut and then taken to cities and sold for 300 pesos each, but farmers and citizens are jailed for using them in farmlands or to fence a lot.

He said he receives complaints from constituents daily, while “the powerful walk around as if they own the place.”

Speaking in an Oviedo town hall meeting, Sanchez demanded solutions to the region’s shortage of water, health problems, and ruined roads and sidewalks.

Source: DT

June 23, 2016

Category: DR News |

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