4 Dead, 3 Injured in Wave of Violence against Haitians in D.R.
- Tuesday, November 15, 2011 6:57 AM
DESCUBIERTA, Dominican Republic - Haitians are being targeted by violent attacks in the town of La Descubierta, following the death of a young Dominican in the town of Cornillon. The vengeful attitude has killed at least four Haitians.
According to the Support Group for Returnees and Refugees (GARR), as well as four Haitian deaths, three others have been seriously injured and hospitalized.
"Haitians who are forced to live in Descubierta must adapt to evade being targets of Dominicans," â€‹â€‹said Collette Lespinasse, the head of GARR.
The head of the GARR explains the origin of the mishap: "As usual, after the market Cornillon, every Wednesday, people are partying. During the course of this feast, a fight broke out between two Haitians. The situation quickly escalated and Dominicans died after being hit by a stray bullet. The latter came from the town of Descubierta where other Dominicans have resolved to avenge him blindly."
Mrs. Lespinasse said that every day since the incident has brought a new report of the death of another Haitian. There is even talk, she said, an ultimatum was passed prohibiting Haitians to enter the town of Descubierta.
Mrs. Lespinasse put to rest the rumors suggesting that the Dominican military has entered into the Haitian territory to avenge their compatriot.
"Haitians who died were all killed in the Dominican Republic," she said.
The situation developing at the Haitian-Dominican border did not leave indifference in the Haitian government. The government team was forced to end its retreat to address this problem.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister, formal instructions were passed to the Haitian National Police to ensure the security of lives and property of Haitians at the border.
The Chancellor of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, asked the Haitian ambassador in the Dominican Republic to prepare a report on the circumstances surrounding these events.
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Source: Le Nouvelliste