Haitians Seeking Asylum ‘Evacuated’ from Embassies
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic- Nine Haitian refugees who forced their way into the embassies of Venezuela and Italy three weeks ago were “peacefully evacuated,” the government said Saturday.
Police Secret Service Chief Eleodoro Berroa supervised the predawn raid at the request of Italy and Venezuela. The Dominican Republic’s Prosecutor General, U.N. refugee officials and diplomats at each embassy witnessed the removals, which took place without incident.
The nine were taken to their homes.
The removal ended nearly a month of negotiations aimed at convincing the refugees to leave the embassies voluntarily. The Haitians forced their way into the embassies Oct. 11 and refused to leave, claiming government spoke for them.
The Haitians asked for political asylum but the Italian and Venezuelan governments denied the requests.