Haiti Senate chief stokes standoff, Dominican truckers union says
SANTO DOMINGO.- Dominican truckers union (Fenatrado) president Blas Peralta Friday said the weeks-long conflict between Dominican and Haitian truck drivers hasn’t been solved due to Haiti Senate president Ana Casis’ political interests.
The union leader, who often heads violent strikes in his country, said she’s the Haitian president René Preval’s main rival for which in his view seeks to deteriorate the Haitian crisis for political gains.
Dominican truckers demand that their Haitian pars desist from demanding to carry 50 percent of the freight of merchandise and from charging the RD$4,000 fee for each truck that enters Haiti.
He warned that if by tomorrow Saturday the Haitians continue to block the entry of Dominican trucks, they’ll shutter the Dominican-Haitian border and block the Haitian nationals from crossing the border to conduct any type of business in the country.
He said the standoff has cost Dominican truck drivers 30 million pesos, not counting what Dominican businesses have lost from the lack of trade.
An estimated 400 truck drivers are being directly affected, Peralta said and affirms that Casis funded the recently staged protest in front of the Dominican embassy in Haiti.