New York City: Protest against Dominican Republic plan to revoke citizenship and rights of Haitian-Dominicans, October 17, 2013.
In late September, 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court annuled the citizenship of anyone born to noncitizens after 1929. This ruling particularly affects up to 300,000 people in the DR of Haitian ancestry.
In New York City, with large Dominican and Haitian communities, the response to this ruling has been outspoken.
This demonstration, conducted in Creole, Spanish and English, denounced this ruling as a violation of human rights. One speaker — Angel Vicioso from the Dominican community — said it was an attempt by “imperialism to divide two poor countries that shared the same island.”
More demonstrations are in the planning stages.
Photos and report by G. Dunkel