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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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I’m hoping Emile Zola will forgive my borrowing his headline from January 13, 1898. Anyway he’s dead and so far I’m not and to besides I’m honouring the stand he took against the entire French establishment and its anti-semitic contortions as exposed in the infamous Dreyfus affair. Dreyfus was a French Jewish army officer wrongfully convicted of espionage and sentenced to penal servitude on Devil’s Island off the coast of Guiane in 1896.
My accusation, a century and some later, is directed at the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina but is also intended as an open letter to all Dominicans and all legal Caribbean citizens, on behalf of those who are illegal and stateless or about to become so.
At the end of September the Dominican Republic’s highest court revoked the citizenship rights of children born to Haitian migrants, after 1929. This spurious ruling was founded on the ludicrous argument that the Haitian migrant sugarcane workers of 1929 were “in transit” and therefore their descendants are not entitled to automatic citizenship.
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