Population Set Fire to Customs Building in Anse-À-Pitre

The tension on the Haitian side of the Dominican border reached a new high on October 12th when the Haitian authority in the town of Anse-à-Pitre attempted to confiscate and apply restrictive measures on the 23 banned items, including many of the basic necessities for the Haitian population.


Anse-à-Pitre is a town near the border with Pedernales where goods are transported to the binational market by taxis and motorcycles. The population had reacted strongly and a spontaneous demonstration was formed immediately who set fires on the customs building and motorcycle tyres and threw stones to the police; gun shots were reported. It has been decided that two Presidents, Haitian and Dominican, will meet on Tuesday (October 13th) at the request of Haiti, in the province of Barahona to discuss and resolve the ban crisis.

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