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Dominican Republic economist fears court ruling backlash
Published on October 31, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (WINN) -- There is concern in some circles in the Dominican Republic that the country could suffer a serious backlash, because of a constitutional court ruling that leaves hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless.

Santo Domingo-based economist, Miguel Ceara Hatton, said that, although the Spanish-speaking country is divided over the issue, all of the Dominican Republic will suffer if the nation is slapped with trade and economic boycotts.

“The consequence of this decision is that Dominican Republic is creating in some way, an apartheid, and we are going to be condemned by everybody outside of this country,” the economist said.

“And that will affect our tourism, our industries in general, we are going to have problems with the markets, the access markets since we are going to be accused of racism,” Ceara told WINN FM.

According to him, the country is divided over the constitutional court ruling. Ceara said the government in Santo Domingo should have taken more proactive steps to avoid that kind of decision being reached.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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