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SANTO DOMINGO. - The documentary which depicts Dominican Republic as a country where Haitians are treated as slaves, urges Europeans to boycott its tourism and sugar.

The Dominican sugar producer Vicini Group served notice on the producers of the film "The Price of Sugar" to abstain from showing the documentary, which it said is libelous against them and the country, or otherwise will take the producer to court.

Executives of the Caei sugar mill, owned by the Vicinis, said the documentary produced by the American Bill Haney proposes the boycott of Dominican sugar exports to United States and that European tourists not travel to Dominican Republic.

Tourism in fact is the country’s main hard currency source and boycott by European tourists would severely harm an industry that generates thousands of jobs.

"The Price of Sugar" will be shown May 17 in Paris, as part of a cultural event where speakers will also speak about the alleged mistreatment that Haitian workers receive in Dominican Republic.

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19 comment(s)
Written by: Ed Gonzalez-Acosta, 11 May 2007 8:01 AM
From: Cabrera, M.T.S.
This should mobilize the DR gov. to change its policies towards Dominican of Haitians decent and Haitian migrants. I'm sure the Nationalist Party in South Africa thought it was unfair for the Int'l community to criticize them fro Apartheid, but Thank God that Int'l sanctions and criticism was a factor in dismantling Apartheid. I hope this int'l criticism can have a similar affect on the DR and its discriminatory practices towards people of darkskin and the poor.
Written by: Dominicano, 11 May 2007 8:24 AM
From: Europa
The government needs to regulate working conditions and pension schemes/ health insurance for people working in agricultural sector and in tourism. DOminican Republic should also continue to deport all haitians to their country and make those workplaces free for dominicans to work in (the sugarmills and other agriculture, and in tourism). The sugar companies need to modernize and use less hand labour, and more machines! The time has come for DR to improve working conditions of its own people!
Written by: Cesar Manzanillo, 11 May 2007 10:35 AM
From: Dominican Republic
I think that this documentary is a desperated actuation from the people that wants to see the desaparition of Dominican state, In Dominican Republic Haitians are treated as well as all the people. In my opinion it is not how they say.. People !! open your eyes , International organization only want Dominican republic desaparition by saying incorrect information. We have lwas to fallow and the rigth to say who is Dominican by applying our law.
Written by: Rosa, 11 May 2007 10:43 AM
From: Santiago, DR
Well, it's no secret that unfortunately Haitians offer cheap labor not only in agriculture but in construction also. The Dominican gov't tries to deport them but they always find a way back. It would be nice like Dominicano said that by deportation it will free jobs for Dominicans but the reality is another, some Dominicans don't like to work in that area and prefer paying someone else and cheaper too.
Written by: Carloman, 11 May 2007 12:53 PM
From: Brooklyn, New York
If a decent salary rate were establish along with health insurance, The DR goverment, would not need haitians to cut sugar cane or work in construction. Work on sugar and construction would not stop, it would actually force companies and the goverment to raise the salaries for Dominican nationals. We mustn't give in to external pressures, Our country identity is at stake.
Written by: Samuel, 11 May 2007 2:55 PM
From: Florida
Good. It's about time.
Written by: JD, 11 May 2007 6:04 PM
From: Washington DC
This only tells us what we already know that ..the RD is a very corrupt society which starts with the many officials in power.

I used to question why we see the same drugs dealers in my friends barrio in Santiago but the police or DNCD never stop it? CORRUPTION. I have such deep love for the RD but strong hatred for corruption.

I am sending a brief clip of the movie to Senators, Oprah and other new celeberties
Written by: Billy H. Adams, 11 May 2007 8:58 PM
From: Santiago, Santiago
Instead of merely making negative comments about theongoing problem os illegal immigration and it's economic and social impact locally, theDR Government would be wise to invest, or encourage the private sector to do so, in a "Counter Documentary" about how theillegal immigration is affecting their citizens in thebottom economic category.
There is a lot of meat to be cooked and eaten on the subject and rhetoric alone isn't going to solve a problem that has taken on a life of it's own.
Written by: Bob, 11 May 2007 10:19 PM
From: Orlando
let's admit it.. america has the mexicans.. the dominican republic has the haitians.. americans are afraid and won't do certain work. the haitians..are replacing the lazy dominicans who don't want to work.. thats all there is too it..america can't do without the mexicans and dominican republic couldnt do it without the haitians...
Written by: nico, 11 May 2007 10:22 PM
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Written by: M. Velazquez, 12 May 2007 5:31 PM
From: Orange County
There will always be a need for cheap labor. If the DR modernizes who do you think will run the machines at a cheaper salary; Haitians. Wake up people. If you think this will go away I've got a Bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. The need to treat people will respect and dignity can happen a lot sooner. Dominicans complain about being mistreated in PR but do far worse to haitians. Deportation isn't the answer.Maybe the US should start deporting all Latinos to see what would happen.
Written by: Richard , 13 May 2007 12:03 PM
From: Montreal Canada
I learned about salary differences.between the salary paid between Haitians and Dominicans.At the time i had a haitian working for me.I had given him the same salary.Equal work,equal pay is how i see it. That little Haitian had shown guts,and a willingness to work and he did this along me in bad conditions.For his courage he got good money that day.Good workers should have a good pay period.That day,i had made a decision of treating people like people and give them equal pay.

i sleep well ..
Written by: CHRIS, 14 May 2007 4:17 PM
From: new york
Written by: Marie., 17 May 2007 1:30 PM
From: Canada
Written by: PapiSan, 18 May 2007 10:22 AM
From: MD
Dominicans need to accept the fact they they are black and stop hating on black people. Dominicans in the DC area are as can be yet thera are always having problems with blacks. I grew up in a military base and did not realize this untill I was older. Im a black dominican and proud that I am black.
Written by: F. Gomez, 18 May 2007 10:04 PM
From: Lynn, MA USA
I saw part of the film. I t shows lots of lies, it shows dark skin people who clould be Dominicans. It shows a Police General, and a private security guard whom had nothing to do with the Viccini family and they claimed them to be part of them. Recently the D.R. was just given equal sales into the European Sugar market as the other island in the carabean. Could this not be a paid propaganda by other caribean governments to discredit the Dominican. The priest who did this is corrupt himself, so
Written by: Dalet, 19 May 2007 11:28 AM
From: Close
First of all, to have a so called 'independent' expose, one needs to consider the funding sources of this film.

Second of all, comparing the situation in the DR to Apartheid is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

Does it seem foolish only to me to add more tension where there is enough already? Have we learned nothing from the past? Capital markets dictate conditions, politics only deliver. After all, is the US being pressured bc it makes money off of mexican migrants?
Written by: guerman, 17 Jun 2007 4:39 PM
From: newington ct
I think many Dominican people use the sugar cane labor as a way to downgrade the hatian and increase their self-esteem. If Santo-domingo exist today it was because of our heroism and bravery to fight colonialism. It would still be our land if it was not a mistake by our leaders and the selfishness of America, Spain & England that used to refuse to recognize our independence. If Dominican were smart they woud try to work together with the Haitian. Can you see how America treat the spanics?
Written by: Mario Pierre, 12 Jul 2007 12:00 AM
From: New York City
The Dominican government and capitalists are hard at work to divide Haitian and Dominican workers to control and exploit them better. It's called, "The Divide-and-Conquer Game". There will come a day when Haitian and Dominican workers will see eye to eye and see the light, and throw their common oppressors into the Atlantic Ocean. I alreeady 'hear it breathing'.
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