SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic – A Haitian man of 19 years was beaten and hung in the public square of Ercilia Pepin, near the Marìa José Cabral and Baez hospital in Santiago where he shined shoes. It is being described as a hate crime where no motive except that the man was Haitian. Demonstrations that included the burning of the Haitian flag did ensue.
Dominican law enforcement retrieved the body which had welts and hands and feet bound. The victim was identified as “Tulile” and some who were familiar with him said that he shined shoes at the hospital. The Martelly regime has not said or done anything following national and international news reports about the crime.
Dominican organizations “El Ciruelito” burned the Haitian flag in demonstrations through the day. They say they are in rebellion against the passivity of the Dominican government that allows for the “invasion of aliens”.
Members of these organizations met at the Avenue La Piña and demonstrated a very provocative attitude toward illegal Haitians. They confirm want to keep their struggle throughout the month of the feast of the country.