Santo Domingo, Oct 25 (EFE) .- The Dominican Republic deployed military personnel this Monday to prevent the illegal trafficking of fuels to Haiti, after many Haitians have crossed the border to stock up, given the fuel shortage in their country.
The Dominican Army deployed soldiers especially at gas stations in the border provinces of Elías Piña and Pedernales (southwest), which have suffered an unusual demand for fuel for several days, the advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Gasoline Retailers told Efe. , Arnulfo Rivas.
The fuel stations seek to prevent Haitians from “carrying excess amounts” of fuel, to prevent a shortage at the border.
Rivas explained that Haitians pass fuel across the border and sell it “at a high price” in Haiti, since that country is experiencing a fuel shortage.
The person in charge of the management of the gas stations explained that he spoke yesterday on the subject with the president of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery, Leonardo Aguilera, who “is taking this issue into account.”
Fuel stations “have a duty” to dispatch fuels “to anyone who arrives, in an orderly manner, on a regular basis,” but the authorities “have a duty to limit” purchases to avoid shortages or a black market in the area, he stated.
Haiti lives this Monday the first of a day of strike to protest the lack of fuel and against the violence of the armed gangs.
(c) EFE Agency