Economy September 20, 2023 | 9:46 am

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Merchants support President Abinader’s decision to completely close the border

Santo Domingo.- The National Union of Retail Merchants announced its unwavering support for President Luis Abinader’s recent decision to close the border completely. This move comes in response to the crisis unfolding on the Haitian side due to the construction of a canal intended to divert the course of the Massacre River, which serves as a natural border.

Martina Ventura, William Lantigua, and Milcíades Tejada, representing the retail sector, commended the president for taking the right step in the face of provocations from a group of Haitian businesspersons determined to proceed with the construction, even though it violates established agreements between both nations. They emphasized that the retail sector in the Dominican Republic fully stands behind this measure.

These leaders expressed their willingness to make sacrifices for the sake of supporting the president’s actions, much as they did during the challenging times of the pandemic. They recognize that this issue profoundly affects the country and commend President Abinader for addressing it with courage and dedication.

Furthermore, they asserted that Dominicans will always stand united in safeguarding national sovereignty. At the same time, they called upon opposition political leaders to exercise common sense and avoid politicizing the matter.

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joaquin lukoki
September 20, 2023 11:30 am

closing the border is one thing and every sovereign country has the right to decide, the issue here is denying LEGAL resident public transportation just because they come from a certain country…

September 20, 2023 4:00 pm
Reply to  joaquin lukoki

where did you get juris doctorate degree in international law to interpret decisions of one sovereign country government trying to prevent further devastation from ineptitud of their neighbors ?!

John Hick
September 20, 2023 6:43 pm
Reply to  joaquin lukoki

Who decides what constitutes “Legal resident”?….

Jo josh
September 21, 2023 12:28 am
Reply to  John Hick

When the government issue them residency permit that makes them legal resident… I know you hate Haitian to the point of believing that every single one of them is illegal… That’s called xenophobia

September 28, 2023 11:39 pm
Reply to  Jo josh

Just because the RD is making changes to protect RD sovereignty (which is their right and duty) does not mean that anyone hates Haitians. I’ve seen several of your posts that seem to conclude that everything Dominicans do is because they hate Haitians…..this simply is not true. A small minority in the RD may have bad feelings towards Haitians but most Dominicans I’ve talked to do not.

September 28, 2023 11:31 pm
Reply to  joaquin lukoki

I read that the restriction on Haitians travelling in the RD (specifically to and from the border area) has been rescinded so there is no prohibition that I’m aware of that prohibits legal residents from using public transportation. Your information is, I think, outdated.

Dave Lopes
September 21, 2023 12:27 am

Keep that border sealed for eternity. The only way to solve all problems.