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The State Sugar Council (CEA) has been for decades a source of riches for just a few persons with strong ties to the government in power. Land is an issue of life and death for many who have perished in the fight for it. The new administration of Luis Abinader has announced that it will fuse the operations of the CEA into the National Assets Agency (Bienes Nacionales). He also announced the sale of assets to individuals will be discontinued
Very few persons understand the extent of the lands belonging to the CEA. Back in 1961, at the fall of the Trujillo dictatorship, 16 sugar mills were running in the Dominican Republic. Of these, 12 belonged to the dictator Trujillo himself, three to the Vicini family and one to the South Puerto Rican Sugar Company. Those 12 sugar mills pretty much covered the provinces of San Cristobal and Monte Plata, San Pedro de Macoris, Barahona...