Haiti's ban on Dominican products creates tension in Belladere

Haiti's ban on the entry of 23 Dominican products from crossing the border overland is beginning to create tensions in the Haitian border town of Belladere.

PHOTO: Haiti - Restoration of the old Belladere Army Barracks (Caserne de Belladere)
PHOTO: Haiti - Restoration of the old Belladere Army Barracks (Caserne de Belladere)

The city mayor of Belladere, agent exécutif intérimaire Carter Fourrien, told Haitian Radio Signal FM Friday that there tension is rising because small business men and women who rely solely on the bi-national commerce cannot go through Haitian customs with products they are accustomed to buying everyday.

The city of Belladere rely heavily on the products coming from the border for consumption, the mayor says, now they can't even cross the border with a bottle of water.

He Explain that there are mayor importers of Cement on the Haitian side of the border and, since October 1st, Ciment is non longer cleared through (dédouaner) customs (La Douane)

While tension is rising among those who want to cross the border to purchase merchandise, authorities in the border claim they are just executing an order.

Mayor Carter Fourrien also mentioned unconfirmed reports that big businessmen on the Dominican Side of the border are trying to influence Haitian 'ti Machanns' and inciting violence.

"Yo menm k'ap rele machann yo pou moute tet yo, he said. (they are calling the ti machanns feeding their anger)

"Some ti machanns even said they are ready to burn down customs," Mayor Fourrien said. "I am trying to calm them down."

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Pasteur Wisly Pericles says...

I do not think the Haitian government decision to banning Dominican products is a good decision.

Does the government have another alternative to support the lower class?

I think President Martelly, at the end of his mandate, has taken many bad decisions to provoke turmoil in the country for the interest of a little Haitian group and a part of the international community.

Pastor Wisly Pericles, political

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David Grant says...

It is unclear why these product are banned, However, if there is an unbalanced of trade between the two countries, a form of compromise must be arrived at to bring trading balance,
The government should explain to its people why those measures are taken and educate them as to its value.

In this way, there will be no need for senseless

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Patrick Princivil says...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !

Sé pa ménas pou yo fè, yon ti group sanpwèl, masonlòj ak lougarou ki santil asé puisan sé fè sa yo vlé fè a.

Mèsi bonDyé ! Mèsi Prézidan Martelly ! Mèsi Odson Orélus ak tout lòt bon chèf police yo mété ak tout lòt chèf kap édé Prézidan Martelly mété lòd nan pakèt moun sovaje sa yo.

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Eliezer Loriston says...

lile litan pou yo aprann fe haitien respecte loi le leta pase yon loi foc nou apran respectel frontie a fet poul te fermin lontan sa deja si yon moun kite dominicain ap monte tet yo pou boule la dwane sepou yo fizie yo sakap fe rebelion bayo baton lwa sa fet poul respecte dominicain mete tet ak gouvernman yo pou yo toupizi haitien pouki nou minm nou vle mete tet ak dominicain pou nou kont gouvernman pa

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Kelvin Scoon says...

CARICOM LEADERS WHERE ARE YOU
The people of Haiti, the small traders on the border need you to provide them with the products to maintain their lives.

It's only a few thousand traders.

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Joule says...

We have to create other opportunities.

We can't simply say no without providing other options.

Remember, this is probably these people bread and

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Shilove Neston says...

Nou sipoze pou gen chanjman
Sitou avèk pouvwa an plas kap fè yon bon

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