Racism in the Dominican Republic

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Racism in the Dominican Republic

Post by Serge » Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:34 pm

March 23, 2009, Updated 6:45 AM

Dominican writer complains of being harassed

Writer Carlos Agramonte, author of a novel denouncing the existence of slavery on Dominican sugar plantations, said he will leave the country due to constant harassment since the work was published.

Agramonte, a professor of engineering at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, told the press he will leave the country next week. He announced the decision after complaining that “El sacerdote ingles” (The English Priest) had been removed from bookstores and unknown individuals were seeking to intimidate him.

In a letter sent to Dominican Attorney General Radhames Jimenez, Agramonte said that while heading home at night on March 3 he was pursued by unknown assailants trying to kill him. That incident, according to the writer, was one of several threats he has received.

He highlighted that a friend who is a high-ranking military officer advised him to leave the country for a while, saying his life is in danger. Published in January, “El sacerdote ingles” intertwines the fictional tale of doomed love between a Haitian female doctor and the scion of a Dominican sugar dynasty with the real-life story of Anglo-Spanish missionary priest Christopher Hartley and his defense of impoverished sugar-cane cutters.

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