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SANTO DOMINGO. – The Dominican Government on Monday afternoon bolstered the military patrols along the 130 mile long border with Haiti to halt the entry of undocumented foreigners infected with cholera, which has killed as many as 300 Haitians, just hours after the UN Peacekeepers fired tear gas to disperse a crowd awaiting to cross into the northwest town Dajabon.

President Leonel Fernandez announced the decision after meeting with the ministers of the Armed Forces, Virgilio Perez, and of Public Health, Bautista Rojas, who said the only Haitians who’ll be allowed to enter the country’s are those who take part in the cross-border markets and must use the bridges.

The Government also said it has the resources needed to keep the disease from entering the country.

The Presidency’s Press director Rafael Núñez announced the implementation of a sanitary quarantine along the border in collaboration with Haiti.

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Written by: WalterPolo, 25 Oct 2010 3:14 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
About time.

Hope it is a permanent measure.

Now let's talk about those who are already here.
Written by: xwill7, 25 Oct 2010 3:16 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Send truck loads back and then re-seal the border. Tourist visa should be needed to come back in, like in other countries
Written by: Atabey, 25 Oct 2010 3:17 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Sad, but DR must not allow infected Haitians or others from the eastern side to enter DR. Remember Dread, there are squalid conditions inside DR. And if some person or group get through, cholera would find excellent grounds to propagate.
Written by: guillermone, 25 Oct 2010 3:41 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
Why did we have to wait for cholera to seal the border?

This clearly tells you that the Haitian invasion is politically motivated. Someone in a high position wants to let millions of destitute Haitians into Dominican territory. The authorities don't care about no damn border, visas, passports, migration law, control and regulation. That is all a bunch of BS. LF has not commented, kept quiet, ever since the massive influx of Haitians started. He has not said one word and just looked the other way. The reason is a lack of political will. Why? Who planned It? What exactly is goiing on behind the scenes. I always thougnt that the DR gov't simply did not have the resorces to control the border, but now I see that it is not true, it can control it if it wants to.

Everyone is involved because it is a health risk. Yeah, now they want to seal the border. But now we have evidence that if the DR gov't can stop the invasion if it wants to, but has not done it for some reason we do not know
Written by: Atabey, 25 Oct 2010 4:02 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Guillermone,

LF is under orders to allow some Haitian migration and NOT allow force repatriation. If he follows orders, then grants, loans, and better treatment from the lending institutions will follow; if he doesn't play ball, then less monies, less "cookies" and more economic and political problems for DR. I suspect, and many others here too, that LF chose the easy way out of his predicament. He wanted to achieve his physical modernization of the republic, and the international community is going to grease his scheme, AS LONG as LF plays ball. The minute he gets out of line, the "cookies" will stop.
Written by: ateo2010 This user is banned, 25 Oct 2010 4:36 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Owning Noobs
Goood news.. made my day knowing that most of my family resides inside of the country don't want them sick!.

WALL WALL WALL WALL WALL BORDER WALL!!
Written by: Yucahu, 25 Oct 2010 4:49 PM
From: United States, Miami
We gotta protect the tourist industry...
Written by: Yucahu, 25 Oct 2010 4:49 PM
From: United States, Miami
I am so glad the border is SEALED!!!!! Seal it shut!! We got too many Haitianos on our side and what homeboy Guillermo1 said makes so MUCH sense. They got that drug addict Leonel by the balls and he is happy puffin his pipe to give a damn. No mas Haitianos.
Written by: mirabal4ever This user is banned, 25 Oct 2010 5:34 PM
From: United States, OMNIPRESENT. El Cantinero de Jarabacoa. "Aguilucho desde Chiquitito"
It takes a catastrophe of some sorts like a contagious disease for them to seal the border when if the border had been sealed to begin with we would not have been having the issues we are having today. Balaguer is turning in his grave right now.
Written by: Pepe32, 25 Oct 2010 6:01 PM
From: Dominican Republic
No stephen ,if we are tied it is more like a cancerous tumor on our body or a parasite living off of its host ...we are cursed to have to share the island with the people who arrived in the 1800's and now call themsleves Haitians !


Close the border ,get rid of Leonel and any other politician who will sell our country for "poison cookies" ,it is preferable to go backwards a little than to allow the Haitians to enter DR!
Written by: CarlosFranco, 25 Oct 2010 6:13 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn

This can be a perfect political excuse to seal the border completely...

Who can we're racist if we're only protecting ourselves from the diseases stricken haitians
Written by: generoso, 25 Oct 2010 8:35 PM
From: Dominican Republic, +Sorry, No Habla Stupid+
Keep the border closed and throw away the keys!
Enough is enough, Dominicans have been the dumping grounds for Haitians unemployed, homeless, pregnant, sick, and minors. The opportunity presents itself now to seal the border shut, otherwise we will be crying like women, what we didn't have the testicular fortitude to defend like men.
Viva la República Dominicana, carajo!
Written by: DONT_BE_SILENT, 25 Oct 2010 8:56 PM
From: Dominican Republic, NEVER FORGOTTEN, NOR FORSAKEN!
LF if you're a real MAN, do the right thing or let a real man run the show; enough is enough, we are not Haiti's healthcare plan.
If we have a breakout like them, there goes the tourism industry, and you my friend is going to be hold accountable for whatever the outcome is. Nuff said.
Written by: Yucahu, 26 Oct 2010 3:42 AM
From: United States, Miami
No mas Stephan!! No mas Stephan!!! Throw him on the Haitian side of the border and when you are there watching me, watching you, let me know how much we are tied sucker! Baboso el Diablo....Haven't I already said a million times we are already tied, we just less of them palomo just like I need less of you pariguayo...
Written by: Yucahu, 26 Oct 2010 3:47 AM
From: United States, Miami
Seal the border and SEAL IT!!! The only reason they are treating DR so good is because the USA doesn't want all them Haitianos landing in Raleigh NC...We gotta TAKE OVER HAITI!!! TAKE OVER AND FIX IT OURSELVES. Them boys over there are living in tents, Stephan does your tent have AC???? Ok ok ok, I am stupid but you are an IMBECILE!!
Written by: zooma, 26 Oct 2010 6:39 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Politics and xenophobia aside as from a health standpoint the border needs to be sealed completely to quarantine the disease. The border is the most obvious and realistic point to do this.

However, my having no confidence in the lawful behavior of government personnel entrusted to secure the border, it will become a greater opportunity for the corrupt personnel to hustle higher fees to look the other way from those who wish to transit the border in conflict to any government order.

God help us !
Written by: airgordo, 26 Oct 2010 7:23 AM
From: Dominican Republic
People have to understand something, as long as this Joker is president, WE WILL CONTINUE having ILLEGAL Haitians EVERY F...G where.
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 9:45 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Dread,
"This is, for the moment, the area of high infection where the bacteria must be aggressively attacked before it spreads.
“It’s virulent, and it can travel,” said Nigel Fisher, humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations, standing outside a tented cholera ward at the community hospital in L’Estère."

"Contamination of the Artibonite River, an artery crossing Haiti's rural center that thousands of people use for much of their daily activities, is believed to be the source of the epidemic."


You moron. Don't you know that people who bathe and use rivers and lakes to deposit their human waste can propagate the malady? Look at the Artibonite River system in Haiti, it has cholera. I wonder how it got there? DR needs to defend itself. You would have it be open to the potential harm of cholera.

Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 11:05 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Dread,

I say Close the border and seal it. Only traffic going towards Haiti, and have quarantine area to observe those humanitarian relieve personnel coming back. DR needs to protect their interests first.

Why don't you read more carefully before accusing people. Senility setting in?
Written by: Pepe32, 26 Oct 2010 11:38 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Dominicanos las elecciones vienen ,asistan a reuniones de los candidatos y preguntenles que piensan hacer sobre la problematica Haitiana y no voten por ningun politico que no tenga los cojones para hacer lo necesario porque a Leonel es obvio que se le mojan los "pantys".

¿De que valen los avances y la modernidad si demograficamente nos estan quitando el pais?

¿De que vale mejorar si permitimas masas pre-historicas entrar a su antojo?

Pronto nos quedaremos sin Patria y será nuestra culpa por no tener el valor de defender lo que nuestros proceres ganaron a sangre y fuego!

Aun estamos a tiempo ,pero el cancer hay que extirparlo antes que el metástasis infecte toda la nación Dominicana porque para ese tiempo será demasiado tarde!
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 11:49 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
What YOU DON'T GET DREAD is that an infected person can carry the malady for TWO WEEKS!! That's enough time to cross into the DR and take a few baths in one of the many rivers and lakes. He or she will deposit their deadly malady into our DR waters. People downstream could potentially become infected and you have a possible pandemic on the way.

From the NYT: 10/26/2010

"An infected person could have brought the bacteria in from another country, or it could have arrived in food or even on board a ship that discharged infected wastes into a local waterway. Once it landed, the squalid conditions were ideal for its spread."

"Dr. Andrus said, because about 75 percent of infected people have no symptoms. They can carry the bacteria for two weeks and shed them back into the environment, where they can infect others, which is most likely to occur when sanitation is poor and clean drinking water not available."

Moronic Dread. You have no clue. Senility or dementia? LOL
Written by: Pepe32, 26 Oct 2010 11:51 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Atabey ,you are correct..even a five year old knows that the conditions in Haiti pre-earthquake were fertile ground for a number of diseases and the earthquake only makes it worse . While it is true that outbreaks can occur virtually anywhere to ignore the increased potential in a country like Haiti where poverty,ignorance and corruption are one of the highest in the world is asinine .

There is a reason that most of the major outbreaks of easily controlable diseases are in countries like Haiti and Sub Saharan Africa and that is the causal factors are more prevalent there.

Dominican Republic needs to educate it´s population ,but sealing the border is a most logical measure as well and would only be opposed by people who do not give a f... about DR and the merchants who only care about money!
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 12:02 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Dread stop talking, you might be spreading the malady. LOL Did you clean your hands after going to la letrina?

Man up Dread, YOU GOT IT WRONG!! BIG TIME!!
Written by: Pepe32, 26 Oct 2010 12:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Atabey ,no desperdicies tus perlas con los cerdos..
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 12:38 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Of course if this were Jamaica we were discussing.......might the tune sound differently from your end??? Dread??
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 1:31 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
The three children told reporters from El Nuevo Herald and The Miami Herald that they left Port-au-Prince with the help of a smuggler after the January earthquake devastated the city.

"Today, the children sell boiled eggs for 10 cents all day, walking in the sun along Duarte Avenue, a bustling runway for juvenile prostitution in the heart of Boca Chica, where newly arrived Haitian girls sashay, offering their bodies to gray-haired tourists.

``There is not one person who feels they have an interest in controlling the frontier,'' Bellerive told The Miami Herald. ``There are people on the Haitian side who are profiting because they are the ones who organize the trafficking. The same on the Dominican side.''

``A man raped me in the shelter,'' said Nelta, who said she left Oanaminthe, a Haitian border town, without her mother's knowledge after the earthquake.

As you can see Pat, the issue stems from inside Haiti herself. The solution also resides there. Yes, DR needs to
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 1:34 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
prosecute the responsible parties from her soil, BUT this problem will fester as long as Haitians are willing and able to de-humanize themselves for these buscones and other criminal bandits. One of the young children was Raped INSIDE Haiti! And perhaps many are, as the records demonstrate many rapes inside the camps set-up after the earthquake. The issue of the border is also traditionally been one sided, The DR needs to control its side of the border. BUT WHAT ABOUT HAITIAN CULPABILITY? Why haven't the Haitian authorities and civic leadership controlled THEIR SIDE of the Border? YOU need both sides Pat. You can't just say it's the fault of the Dominicans. Haitians are participating and getting rich or living off their own children! That's a fact. And sadly, as long as Haitians believe it worth their hide to engage in selling their own children for international or across the border trade, not a whole lot will change. Haitians need to believe in their own people.
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 2:34 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Pat,

I've done nothing of the kind. You see I too say the DR must prosecute their bandits, no? So I'm not being duplicitous, only Dread likes to play that role. What I've stated is plain as Day: Haitians can not claim ANY VICTIMIZATION unless they get their act together. For the problem stems not from the eastern side of the island, BUT from the western side: Haiti. It is Haiti that is pushing its problems unto the DR. Yes, there are bandits and unscrupulous gangs and individuals in the DR willing to gain a buck in human trafficking. But You have to cut off the supply and Haitians need to care more for their own people. What exactly do you think was the future of those children in Haiti? Fix that tragic part of the equation and the other variable decreases exponentially. Haiti must believe in her own people. Do not ask others to give you what you do not claim for yourself: dignity and pride in your own people. I do not say this in malice, but as a student of history
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 3:01 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
I understand that there are people who don't have nice things to say about Haiti, some may express themselves in racist ways, too. BUT the vast majority of people understand that Haiti needs to right herself. DR can not do this for her; in fact, no other country can do that for Haiti. It's tough, but Haiti needs to pull herself, believe in herself, and that means all sectors of her society. Too many powerful members have used their own Haitian people to drain its soul and now the world is witness to her collapse. BUT DR needn't collapse along side her, and that's where people like Dread and I part company: DR must protect herself. Self-preservation is a nation's first order and no nation or state worth its salt can subject her own people to a calamity of this order.
Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 3:25 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Man up Dread. And state your mea culpa. We Dominicans need no lessons from you. Close the borders and seal it as tight as possible. And go clean your hands, too.
Written by: dreadlocks, 26 Oct 2010 3:30 PM
From: United States
Furthermore, travelers who follow the usual tourist itineraries and observe food safety advice while traveling in countries reporting cholera are at minimal risk. Risk increases for those who drink untreated water, or eat poorly cooked or raw seafood, in disease-endemic (prevalent) areas.

Written by: Atabey, 26 Oct 2010 4:16 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Now now Dread, Love thy brother. What would your folks say? That soaps can also to used to wash your mouth. LOL
Written by: DONT_BE_SILENT, 26 Oct 2010 4:57 PM
From: Dominican Republic, NEVER FORGOTTEN, NOR FORSAKEN!
dread es una llorona haitiana que se ofende cuando algo bueno pasa en RD; NO LE HAGAN CASO.
Written by: HaitianDominicanPuertorican, 26 Oct 2010 6:37 PM
From: Puerto Rico, United States, HAITI, Puerto Rico
The United Nations troops (MINUSTAH) contingent force from Napal is supposedly responsible for the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Villagers have witnessed them dumping their septic tanks into rivers. The napoleanese come from a country that is known for cholera so it is understandable that they are cholera carries. The Haitian government needs to force the UN to properly screen these foreign soldiers. Both the Haitian and Dominican government needs to watch out for the UN troops because the come from all over the world some with all kinds of diseases that they introduce to the environment. The French, Haitian, and Americans are investigating and will report their findings.
Written by: Escott, 26 Oct 2010 6:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
Seal the border and ship all the haitianns back..

Do you realize NOTHING will be accomplished here if that happens? Wake up folks Dominicans won't cut cane, won't knock a hole in concrete, hell won't even mix concrete.
Written by: Yucahu, 26 Oct 2010 9:57 PM
From: United States, Miami
No diga eso Dread es un bacano
Written by: Yucahu, 26 Oct 2010 9:57 PM
From: United States, Miami
No diga eso Dread es un bacano
Written by: Yucahu, 26 Oct 2010 10:00 PM
From: United States, Miami
If the Haitians were not lowering prices then it would be competitive for Dominicano to work anywhere. We need Trujillo back to put this country back on track.
Written by: dreadlocks, 27 Oct 2010 11:21 AM
From: United States
Carbelk, i have told you, many a time and oft, that i am not from Haiti. never even been there. so, do not assume anything. it makes you look even more foolish than you already are, if that is at all possible.
Written by: dreadlocks, 27 Oct 2010 11:24 AM
From: United States
proudfuldominicantainoking, i would like to respond to you, but, unfortunately, we would have a language problem. i do not speak gibberish. secondly, i am not from Haiti. i will not waste time telling you where i am really from, because i do not think you have heard of anywhere else in the world besides Haiti, the DR, and Nueva Yol.
Written by: Nehesy, 28 Oct 2010 4:47 AM
From: France, London / Paris
When I see these comments even if I have nothing to do with Haiti (never put my foot down there), I don't want to spend one more peso in the DR. But my question is why these guys left these racists comments and not banned? In europe they would presented to a tribunal. Many racial hate comments in this website, the problem is the DR is a colored and not a white/european country. So any people who insult an Haitian because of his skin color , insult himself because the african ancestry is the highest among dominicans. It's a shame....The willie lynch syndrom has fu..c. many people up. Dominicans are seen like africans savages in PR and they treat haitian like sh.it when MANY of them have african or even HAITIAN ancestry lol
Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 28 Oct 2010 5:49 AM
From: United States
nehesy,

Propoganda is a powerful tool. Misinformation is a powerful tool.
Written by: dreadlocks, 28 Oct 2010 6:34 AM
From: United States
Nehesy, too meny of these guys are deluded into believing that they are white.
Written by: Vysotsky, 28 Oct 2010 7:33 AM
From: Russia
To the Dominican extremists, your hateful speeches toward all Haitians are doing nothing but causing indignation and fueling their anger. I can understand your concerns about those who are allowed to cross the border illegally, but does that make it fair to take your anger on all Haitians? It seems to me that most of the extremists who post their frustration on the DT are at the same level as the Haitians working in the sugar cane fields and the ones who are begging on the streets. You seem to be competing with them because you cannot compete with Haitians who have the same level of education, the same economic status as you.
Written by: Nehesy, 28 Oct 2010 9:04 AM
From: France, London / Paris
@ Ignorance

I could understand misinformation bur racial hate have no excuses. These guys are wicked, "MALOS" as they called Haitians

@ Dreadlock

If they're white I'm white too lol
Written by: HaitianDominicanPuertorican, 28 Oct 2010 9:19 AM
From: Puerto Rico, United States, HAITI, Puerto Rico
Haitian officials, UN officials, and French investigators probe source of Cholera outbreaks. UN base possibly responsible for Cholera outbreak. Investigations pending.

NBC NEWS ARTICLE located @:
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wirestory?id=11988793&page=2

YOUTUBE version located @:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?deskto....ns=fb&v=gk-2HyQHUZ0&gl=US
Written by: HaitianDominicanPuertorican, 28 Oct 2010 9:20 AM
From: Puerto Rico, United States, HAITI, Puerto Rico
The funny thing is, some dominicans claim too much Haitians are in DR. What about dominicans over here in Puerto Rico, there's thousands and thousands and thousands and a great number of them are illegals and they walk around and do what they want and don't pay taxes and try to use up resources. How about we talk about that!?! Come on man, no group of people are perfect, not Haitians, not Dominicans, not Cubans, not Americans. All the hatahs need to relax because u aren't perfect.
Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 28 Oct 2010 10:15 AM
From: United States
nehesy,


some on this board are like UNCLE RUCKUS from Boondocks. Hatfields and the mcCKoys only difference is theyre fighting with the mirror.
Lies repeated for generaiton become ingrained truths.
Written by: guillermone, 28 Oct 2010 2:52 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
HatianDominicanPuertoRican-You are totally incorrect with the issue you raised. This topic has already been discussed many times , over and over again. I don't know why people like youself fail to see the difference. the illegal Haitian migration to DR is not the same as Dominicans in PR. Do your research before you make that comment, and you will learn to tell the differences, because though there may be some similarities, for the most part, it will never be one and same.
Written by: dreadlocks, 29 Oct 2010 12:28 AM
From: United States
yes, tainokimg, including stealing half the nations money. when he died, he was one of the richest men in the world, in one of the countries with the least money
Written by: airgordo, 29 Oct 2010 4:13 AM
From: Dominican Republic
"Written by: HaitianDominicanPuertorican, 28 Oct 2010 9:20 AM
From: Puerto Rico, U.S., HAITI, PR, and DR
The funny thing is, some dominicans claim too much Haitians are in DR. What about dominicans over here in Puerto Rico, there's thousands and thousands and thousands and a great number of them are illegals and they walk around and do what they want and don't pay taxes and try to use up resources. How about we talk about that!?! Come on man, no group of people are perfect, not Haitians, not Dominicans, not Cubans, not Americans. All the hatahs need to relax because u aren't perfect"

ALL the dominicans illegaly on other countries are subject to shameful DEPORTATION, the numbers ARE THERE and Dominican Republic does not goes whining becasue of that, but it seems that although we can be deported from everywhere, WE CAN NOT DEPORT anyone, as some ignorants appear talking about racism in a country which one of the greatest mass leaders was Black and perhaps haitian descendant
Written by: airgordo, 29 Oct 2010 4:17 AM
From: Dominican Republic
MASS deportations is what is required and put the F___ng army to WORK, what is the use for 45,000 VAGOS but to protec the soverengty of the DR...

There is an inmigration LAW, every single letter should be appilied, just like every single letter of the US inmigration Law was applied to ILLEGAL protector regino Martinez.

By the way, comparing Dominican Inmigration with Haitian inmigration is an act of Ignorance, and who doesit obviously ignores that a VERY HIGH amount of hatitian DO NOT EXIST on their own country, they are in fact absolutely PAPERLESS to begin with.
Written by: dreadlocks, 30 Oct 2010 9:14 PM
From: United States
a society which has to be governed by a tyrant cannot be considered to be one which is well evolved. if the DR needs a dictator to run it at this moment in history, that is a sad reflection ,using standard criteria of develoment
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