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Dajabón, Dominican Republic.- Dominican personnel in the consulate at Ouanaminthe, Haiti, left the premises on safety concerns, as the violent incidents of the last few days in towns near the border with Dominican Republic continue.

Local media report that all nine Dominicans were evacuated in the heels of several protests staged in Haitian towns near the northwestern border.

On Thursday UN Haiti Stabilization Mission (Minustah) forces rescued 14 Dominican truck drivers, who were retained by Haitians protesting against the lack of electricity and water in the city Trou Du Nord, Haiti.

One of the drivers said they were stoned fired upon by enraged Haitians who’ve held them for more than five hours as well, before their rescue by Minustah soldiers.

Nelson Rodriguez, quoted by news source listin.com.do, said a hurled stone injured his foot amid the melee. “They took us out of the trucks and tractor trailers at gunpoint.”

On Saturday two truck drivers sped across the border bridge near Dajabón, where they denounced being fired on by Haitians who allegedly tried to kidnap them.

There were no reports of incidents late Saturday.

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21 comment(s)
Written by: Belly, 11 Mar 2012 12:59 PM
From: United States, Seattle, W.A.
So they started a protest for lack or water and electricity and the first thing that came to mind is go after the Dominicans!

This kind of decisions is what has turned Haiti into what it is today!

Didn't anybody in the whole group protesting ever asked! What do these Dominicans have to do with lack of water and electricity in Haiti?

Makes you wonder ahh!
Written by: lovingit, 11 Mar 2012 1:33 PM
From: United States, Delaware
Unbelievable!

This is a prime example of biting that hand that feeds you. Truck drivers are bringing supplies and other things needed to reconstruct Haiti. The people at the Dominican Consulate in Ouanaminthe are guess what? the people that give the visas for those to legally cross the border.

I know there are differences and have been issues between the DR and Haiti, but overall the DR has has always lent a hand and has provided a great level of tolerance to our next door neighbors. The Dominican gives, gives and gives, the Haitian takes, takes and takes, and whenever there is chance, the Haitian turns on those who are giving.

I know there are some out there that say "oh it's an isolated group doing this".. yeah, but those that stand by and do nothing about it are just as guilty.

I want Haiti to prosper because it would bolster trade and the economy and forward movement of the whole island, but history has shown that there will always be resentment towards DR.

...cont
Written by: lovingit, 11 Mar 2012 1:35 PM
From: United States, Delaware
...cont

I am sure that once Haiti prospers, and has the means, that there will always be wacko that appears every so often that thinks that Haiti needs to take the DR "back" and start some sort war. A war that would take Haiti back to chaos and destruction and might even end the nation of Haiti as we know it as countries stop recognizing it as a state due to the spoils of war.
Written by: tschotschua, 11 Mar 2012 2:38 PM
From: Germany, Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz
The message is clear ... the best thing about Haiti is: the way out of it (!)
Written by: DR_guy, 11 Mar 2012 3:46 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Haiti,

As children of this world you have a right to a better life.

How is that going to happen when your leaders and those who want to help you fear for their lives and seek asylum elseswhere?

Rather than picking up a stone and throwing it use that stone to help rebulid your country.

Roll up your sleeves and clean up the mess.

You are losing our faith and most importantly our trust.

We want to see you stand on your own and become the proud people you were before.

Forget this belief that one is entitled to have whatever he wants when he wants it, without regard to what is fair or reasonable to others.

May God Bless you and show the way.

DR_guy

Written by: VeronicaDR, 11 Mar 2012 5:43 PM
From: United States
Time to close the border and get our people out of there. Haiti is a war zone.
Written by: ateo2010 This user is banned, 11 Mar 2012 7:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Owning Noobs
Dominicans where held, so wtf do Dominicans have to do with their electric and water problems?
Written by: riosm, 12 Mar 2012 7:53 AM
From: United States
The DR better re-enforce troops on the border for an upcoming revolution.
Written by: hellborn25, 12 Mar 2012 10:52 AM
From: United States, New Jersey Home of the brave.
haitians are gonna need to either rise up ouf of the aches and rebuild there country , or just continue there civil wars and bloodshed, and expect the bank to close permanently on them for help.
Written by: RobertoJose, 12 Mar 2012 10:53 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.... ((You're blind to the fact that you're blind))
There goes the trade agreement and the tourist agreement
Written by: WalterPolo, 12 Mar 2012 10:56 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Why don't we send in Felix Bautista to fix th mss.

He's done so much for Haiti.
Written by: DONT_BE_SILENT, 12 Mar 2012 11:49 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Never forgotten, never forsaken. 168-13 IRREVOCABLE.
Bunch of coward, they've been used and abused by their own
for over 200 years, and all they do is attack Dominican truckers?
Get out fast, deport the ones we have in our side.
Written by: jambdebois, 12 Mar 2012 1:11 PM
From: United States
I wonder??????? ARISTIDE??????? Can't trust that cockeye boy!!!!!!!!
Written by: riosm, 12 Mar 2012 8:59 PM
From: United States
Hey ! spinach or better yet popeye go eat yourself roots included....
Written by: lovingit, 12 Mar 2012 10:30 PM
From: United States, Delaware
@SPINACH

You should change your name to MARIJUANA, COCALEAVE, or OPIUM, cause really, you are on some serious sh^t.

The DR is FAR from perfect, but it is the abundance of Haitians like you, that think that Haitians are better than everyone else, that cannot humble down even in time of need, that can't recognize their faults when they see themselves in the mirror, that over inflate the little that you have that has Haiti in the state that it currently is.

Haiti was rich because Haiti inherited the riches from France, but Haitians acted like that drug addict son that inherited his father's riches, promclaimed himself CEO of the company (Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaimed himself Emperor... what a joke) and blew all the money away due to his addiction and ruthlessness.

You said:
" don't see why these dum b@$ $ clown Haitians go there in the first place what is there for these lowlives , not like there are jobs there to begin with "

Ask the over 1.5 million Haitians in DR.
Written by: venganzaderafael, 13 Mar 2012 2:01 AM
From: United States
@ comia e popeye, don't hold back son, let it all out.

Crime has risen dramatically worldwide. In some desperate and godless communities they have resorted to kidnappings. I don't believe Dominican criminality has progressed to kidnappings. But then again we may just be around the corner.

Obviously this is a continuing problem what with the police abuse and confiscation of goods and vehicles. Martelly needs to cut this behavior quickly, less our own neandethals start taking revenge on the massive Haitian population here. "Any Haitians from Trou Du Nord here?
Written by: venganzaderafael, 13 Mar 2012 8:36 AM
From: United States
@ comia e popeye,
Why are you directing your rants at me? Nothing you stated has to do with my comments , but since you brought me into your argument let me give you a history lesson starting with the construction of Sans Souci. It was built by King Henri Christophe not Soulouque. And how was American independence affected by French Sant Domingue in 1776? You were not evn a nation then. I am not mocking, I would seriously like to know of the Haitian contributions to the birth of the US.
Second Soulouque never ruled the Spanish side for two decades. Check the dates. I believe he was part of the Haitian attempts ( and I do mean attempts) to retake the DR after the Haitian army was kicked out in our own glorious revolution of 1844. You remember that history when outgunned and outmanned patriots sent your hoardes packing. In all battles we were outnumbered but not outfought.
Written by: riosm, 13 Mar 2012 8:46 AM
From: United States
spinach
When you use the word "us".....They say a lot can be said about what's comes out of his heart or in this case his type.

All humans have the same wants and needs, in other words it's how one goes about it to obtain it which defines men.

"I am speaking for my country" I knew by the way you typed even if your from home is Canada Canada is your chosen home for what ever reason....I like to think that choice was for the better.

I'm Dominican born yet I still understand that men will always seek a route which best address's
his own needs.

In other words I always say.....don't raise a target then get ruffled when one takes a shot.

As a Dominican I want Haiti to better it's self for ALL WILL BENEFIT after all we share the same Island.
Written by: venganzaderafael, 13 Mar 2012 4:28 PM
From: United States
As an admirer and student of the Haitian revolution I would like to read this info on Soulouque and his Empress. Try posting again. I have read Christophe's biography and his struggles. Truly an inspiring story for all that a man who was born in slavery rose to be a king. Had Henri lived longer I believe our history would have been different.
As riosm stated we share the island and what happens on one side of the island affects the other. Dominicans have never desired to rule Haiti so there should not be any animosity towards us. Again your prosperity is a benefit to both our nations. So let's cut the hypocracy talk and all focus on continuing to better our relations. Espinaca, you are correct that we do not know enough of Haiti. For better or worse your catastrophic crisis has brought us close enough to each other on a very widespread personal basis. I think we will know you better not just as a people, for your blood runs thru many a Dominican vein, but as individuals.
Written by: venganzaderafael, 14 Mar 2012 11:58 AM
From: United States
200 years is certainly a long time. Perhaps it is time to discuss more recent issues. One of the things both nations can do is increase trade between us. It is important we try to keep as much money circulating in the island as opposed to spending in US, Europe or Asia. Martelly and the next DR president need to work together on this.
As far as the violence is concerned we must both overcome our natural tendencies and become a little more civilized.
Written by: riosm, 14 Mar 2012 1:09 PM
From: United States
Venganzaderafael,

WELL POINT MADE.
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