Truckers block main route from Dominican Republic into Haiti to protest crime aimed at drivers

By Associated Press, Published: March 9

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Truckers in the Dominican Republic are blocking the principal route into Haiti to protest what they say is an increase in attacks on truckers in the Haitian capital.

Drivers union leader Blas Peralta says about 50 truckers have joined the protest at the Jimani border crossing. The Dominican government says about half of the nation’s exports to Haiti pass through the crossing.

Blas says the drivers won’t go back into Haiti until the leaders of both countries can guarantee the safety of drivers. He says three drivers were kidnapped in Haiti over the past week while delivering cargo.

Union and government officials began meeting Friday seeking to bring an end to the protest.


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