Dominican Republic to Suspend all Traffic to Haiti

The Federación Nacional de Transporte Dominicano (National Federation of Transport of Dominican Republic) has suspended all of its traffic to Haiti from Monday, August 3, 2015, due to the absence of security coverage for its drivers and goods by the Haitian authority. On last Saturday, July 25th, around 11:00 pm, 60 trucks belonging to the Association of owners and drivers of Salina were attacked by a mob while carrying gypsum from "Mine de la Lista" (Cabral) to the cement plant Cina, located in the Haitian community of Cabaret (on the road of Gonaïves). A group of violent individuals threw stones and various hard objects that caused heavy damage to the trucks and injured their drivers. The incident occurred inside the cement factory in the presence of the Haitian police who did nothing to prevent the mob damaging the trucks.


As per the statement of Blas Peralta, the President of the Fenatrado, the incident started with a fight between two Haitians at the bilateral Friday market in Jimani, who fought with their machetes. One of them took out a gun and killed the other. Then several other Haitians came and took the deceased's body in Haiti and announced that he had been killed by the Dominicans. This indictment sparked a fire and a quick mob was formed immediately who attacked all the Dominican vehicles present nearby; burned the tires of 60 vehicles, broken truck windows and stole goods from the trucks. Twenty truck drivers were heavily injured. Some drivers were taken and admitted to the hospital of Jimani Melenciano. The damage to trucks amounted to over 100 million pesos, excluding the cost of the goods lost.

With this act of savagery, the Dominicans authority has suspended their transport operations in Haiti and has demanded compensation for stolen and damaged goods and guarantee to respect agreements on security cover.

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