Friday in Dajabon, chaos and confusion prevailed for several hours in the binational weekly market, following an order from the authorities in Port-au-Prince (according to information gathered at the border), prohibiting the entry first of thirty Dominican products, before being generalized in total confusion to almost all the products usually sold on the market.
The situation provoked strong tensions and blockages for more than a kilometer along the Massacre river, because of the Haitian traders who tried despite the ban, to go to Haiti with the Dominican merchandise they had bought.
The Association of Merchants of Juana Méndez strongly protested for this surprise ban and forced the mayor of this city to intervene as mediator in this case to allow the lifting of this measure. By noon, the Dominican products most in demand by Haitians, were again authorized and business activity has resumed normally…
The Association of Dominican merchants hopes to have explanations in the next few days about the reason for this sudden ban, in order to allow trade to continue normally on both sides of the border.