Dominican Republic Deports Hundreds of Haitians Following Violence
By VOA News
29 October 2008
Dominican authorities say 476 Haitian immigrants have been deported following a violent incident in the southwest of the Dominican Republic.
The repatriation comes after an attack earlier in the week in the municipality of Neiba in which a Haitian immigrant allegedly stabbed and killed a Dominican man to steal his motorcycle. Dozens of locals attacked Haitian immigrants in retaliation, killing two and injuring nine others.
Officials say hundreds of immigrants sought refuge after the attacks, fearing further reprisals.
Government authorities from both neighboring countries discussed the transfer, which they hope will quell further violence.
An estimated one million Haitians reside in the Dominican Republic, with hundreds more illegally crossing the border from impoverished Haiti every year to look for work.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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