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DR deploys 7,200 troops to border in response to Haiti crisis

By Dominican Today

Santo Domingo (EFE) – The Dominican Armed Forces have deployed 7,200 troops on the border with Haiti and so far this year have intercepted and returned more than 38,000 Haitians who illegally crossed the territorial division to the neighboring country, military sources said Friday.

“If we need more soldiers, we will use them so that the country is safe in this part of the territory,” the general commander of the Dominican Republic Army, Julio Ernesto Florian Perez, told journalists during a tour of the border area.

Major General Florian noted that the Dominican military recently caught “some people wanted” by the Haitian justice system and “some criminals” who were handed over to the Haitian National Police in the border province of Dajabon.

The former mayor of Port-au-Prince Ralph Youry Chevry was arrested last Sunday in Dajabón together with the former official Wenson Pierre, the Haitian policeman Antonine Maquendy and the civilian Wiquenesonnt Despiene because they did not have passports or visas to enter the national territory, said the Ministry of Defense.

Chevry, against whom the Haitian government has issued an arrest warrant, has not requested asylum in the Dominican Republic, said yesterday Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez, who also affirmed that Haiti had not asked for his extradition.

Florian assured that the surveillance by air, March, and land would be maintained to “provide all the security” as a result of the socio-political situation that Haiti is going through. Continue Reading

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Feb. 23, 2021

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