HAITIAN CRISIS – The Haitian Opposition Asks The World To Turn Its Back On President Moise

Thousands of people demonstrated on Friday in the streets of Port-au-Prince to ask the international community to withdraw their support from the president, Jovenel Moise, to force his resignation.

The day of the mobilizations, called "national dignity day", was one of the most massive that have been registered this year in Haiti, just like the one celebrated on September 27, and degenerated into violent acts in various places in Puerto Prince and other cities of the country.

The main demonstration was directed towards the headquarters of the UN mission, in the Clercine area, near the airport of the capital, where the organizers read a message addressed to the international community.

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"We are going to the UN facilities to ask them to stop interfering in the internal affairs of the country," Rony Timothée, an opposition militant, told Efe.

Opposition Senator Evalière Beauplan, who read the demands of the group, called on the international community to speak within 24 hours.

"They have 24 hours to decide the fate of Jovenel Moise. No diplomatic mission can tell us what to do. We don't recognize diplomats asking for negotiations. Time has passed," said Beauplan.

The statement warns that Haiti is experiencing an "explosive" situation and requests that the Haitian people be supported to judge members of the current Government for corruption scandals and for killings in popular neighborhoods in recent years.

The opposition's message is a reaction to the meetings held by the Core Group this week, made up of the UN and diplomats from European and American countries, with several Haitian political actors to try to contribute to a way out of the crisis.

This demonstration was, in general terms, peaceful and there were only a few specific confrontations of activist groups with the Police, which used tear gas at various times.

Equipped with posters against US President Donald Trump, or with red cards with the name of Moise, the activists sang hostile slogans against the president and against the international community.

In the area of ​​Lalue, a group of protesters set fire to the entrance of the headquarters of the Immigration and Emigration Directorate, while in another protest in the Delmas neighborhood there were massive throws of stones and bottles against the uniformed men, who tried to disperse the march with tear gas.

The protests were unleashed on September 16, with the trigger of fuel shortages, a problem that has lasted since August, and in most cases, violent clashes have been recorded.

According to a report published Thursday by the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH), at least 17 people have died and 189 have been injured throughout Haiti since the current wave of protests broke out on September 16.

The protests keep Haiti virtually paralyzed in the last three weeks, although in the last two days there was a relative calm and a resumption of economic activities.

Haiti has been without a government since last March, when the then Prime Minister, Jean Henry Céant, was dismissed in a motion of censure.

Since then, President Moise, who has been in power since 2017, has failed to get Parliament's approval to the prime ministers he has proposed.

The political blockade has contributed to aggravate the economic situation of the poorest country in America, to which the shortage of fuel has been added since August and, in recent weeks, also of water.

For these reasons, the feminist group Solidaridad de Haitian Women (SOFA, for its acronym in French) joined those calling for Moise's resignation.

"For more than a year, Jovenel Moise has been blocking the country and taking the population hostage, especially those living in the popular neighborhoods. Jovenel cannot respond to the country's problems," said Sabine Lamour, general coordinator SOFA, in a note made public today.

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