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Rising Tensions Drive Increased Security at Dominican Consulates

Tensions between the Dominican Republic and Haiti have continued to increase due to tightening restrictions on citizenship, strict border security forces in the Dominican Republic, and the recent lynching of a Haitian man in the Dominican Republic. After 10,000 Haitians protested in Port-au-Prince against the mistreatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic, five Dominican consulates in Haiti were shut down. Now, Haiti has consequently increased security at the diplomatic missions.

Haiti promises to tighten security at Dominican consulates as tensions increase

Gabrielle Meyer, Voxxi

March 9, 2015

Dominican Republic, Haitians Citizenship

Less than a week after the Dominican Republic announced the closing of five consulates in Haiti due to the rising “aggression” between the neighboring countries, the Haitian State has promised to tighten up security at the Dominican diplomatic missions.

“We welcome this measure to increase security around our diplomatic missions provided by the government of president Michel Martelly, which we’re confident will allow us to reopen the five closed consulates in a short time,” the Dominican Foreign Affairs Ministry declared in a statement, according toDominican Today.

The consulates were shut down after 10,000 Haitians marched through Port-au-Prince to protest the alleged widespread mistreatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

Tensions between Haiti and the Dominican Republican have continued to grow over the past several years, especially after the Dominican Republic announced in 2013 that they would no longer guarantee citizenship to those born in the country to non-citizens.

 

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