Dajabón, Dominican Republic.- Enraged Haitians yesterday halted trucks loaded with merchandise and foods from entering their country, and wielding clubs and hurling stones torched live chickens, eggs and other products from their compatriots who acquired them in Dominican territory.
The violence, the second outbreak in as many weeks, prompted the intervention of the UN peacekeepers (Minustah) and the Haitian Police, a protest reportedly in retaliation for the suspension of the bi-national market held Mondays and Fridays in the border town, a measure the Haitian authorities agreed to.
The Haitians shouted slogans and threatened to retain and set fire to the trucks which tried to enter from the Dominican Republic.
Roulet Joseph Manna, a spokesmen of the Haitian protesters said that if the Dominican authorities don’t allow the entry of products from their country, they will do likewise from their side.
The Haitians occupied their country’s side of the bridge over the Masacre river between Dajabón and the Haiti town Ouanaminthe
The Dominican and Haitian authorities have yet to agree on when to reopen the market, while the Haitians desperately try to cross into Dominican territory to obtain staples such as rice, meats and beans.