Mob pelts Dominican Consulate in Haiti, staff evacuated
Dajabón, Dominican Republic.- A mob of angry Haitians on Monday attacked the Dominican Consulate building in Ouanaminthe, northeast Haiti, which prompted the evacuation of the staff.
The rioters pelted the consulate’s windows and staged protests by torching tires nearby.
Haiti National Police reportedly fired tear gas to disperse protesters who also blocked the hundreds of workers from entering the Codevi Industrial Free Zone in Ouanaminthe, owned by Dominican businessman Fernando Capellan.
Outlet listin.com.do reports that the riots continue in Haitian villages near the border with the Dominican Republic, on demands that Michell Martelly’s administration attend social needs such as drinking water, energy, street and roads repairs among others.
On Monday the cross-border market reopened after being shuttered last Friday on protests staged by Haitians in several towns, to demand that Port-au-Prince lower the taxes levied on products imported from Dominican territory.