Haiti

1peacelover

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COINTELPRO is Alive and well. This video talks about the Struggles of the Haitian People. Deep State Black Operation Caught in Act! w/ Ezili Danto (1of2)
 

angelburst29

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Protests are being reported in Haiti:

Haitian protesters clash with police in new push for president's ouster
People take pictures with their cell phones as protesters march during a demonstration to demand the resignation of Haitian president Jovenel Moise, in the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

People take pictures with their cell phones as protesters march during a demonstration to demand the resignation of Haitian president Jovenel Moise, in the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares



Haitians armed with rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails clashed with police on Friday as they called on President Jovenel Moise, blamed for a deep economic and political crisis in the troubled Caribbean country, to step down.

The clashes broke out as helmeted police with shields used trucks, water cannon and tear gas to prevent protesters from marching on the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping and justice force in Haiti near the Port-au-Prince airport.

Video images showed large crowds and black smoke billowing from burning tires in the streets. Protests were also due to take place in several smaller towns outside the Haitian capital.

Andre Michel, a political opposition leader, told Reuters this week the demonstration had been called to send out a “very strong message” that Moise needs to step down.

Many opposition leaders and disgruntled Haitians have called for Moise’s ouster, blaming him for a failure to address problems including widespread food and fuel shortages, a weakening currency, double-digit inflation and graft accusations made against public officials.

Protests in the most impoverished country in the Americas last week were among the largest and most violent in months. Specialized units of the U.N.-backed Haitian National Police were ransacked and looted, and two police vehicles set on fire, during some of the unrest.

Anti-government demonstrations turned especially violent in February, when the United Nations said 41 people were killed and another 100 injured. Police say at least five people have been killed in clashes in the past few weeks, but Moise has given no indication he intends to resign.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland this week condemned all forms of violence in Haiti, and the U.N. reiterated earlier calls for calm.

“We continue to encourage all actors to refrain from violence, respect human rights, and allow the normal functioning of hospitals and emergency services, as well as the work of the humanitarians who are assisting the most vulnerable populations,” U.N. spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, said on Thursday.

U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson also weighed in on the crisis, saying Haitians were fed up and Moise should leave office if the protests continue.

“We have a president of a country who the people feel is corrupt,” Wilson said at a meeting with Haitian American activists that was also attended by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We’ve got to find a solution to stop the protests, or we’ve got to find a way to remove the president.”

Haitian journalist shot in wrist in latest round of protests
A Haitian National Police (PNH) officer walks across a street in Petion Ville to disperse demonstrators during a protest to demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A Haitian National Police (PNH) officer walks across a street in Petion Ville to disperse demonstrators during a protest to demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A journalist was wounded by gunfire in Haiti on Monday as police fired live ammunition to disperse protesters, his employer, Haitian broadcaster Radio Sans Fin (RSF) said, amid mounting anger over an escalating economic and political crisis.

Protesters also burnt at least a couple of cars, including a police car, in the latest round of civil unrest.

Many Haitians have called for Moise to stand down after what they describe as a failure to address Haiti’s myriad problems.

Four people have been killed in clashes over the past several days.

Protests last week were among the largest and most violent in months as witnesses reported that a special unit of the Haitian National Police was looted and another police vehicle set ablaze.
 

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Haitian president assassinated at home, sparking fears of widespread turmoil​




PORT-AU-PRINCE, July 7 (Reuters) - Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by unidentified attackers in his private residence overnight in a "barbaric act", the government said on Wednesday, stirring fears of escalating turmoil in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The assassination coincided with a wave of gang violence in Port-au-Prince as armed groups have battled with police and one another for control of the streetsin recent months, turning many districts of the capital into no-go zones.

The 53-year-old president's wife, Martine Moise, was also shot in the attack that took place around 1 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) and was receiving medical treatment, Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a statement.

"A group of unidentified individuals, some of them speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the president of the republic and thus fatally wounded the head of state,” he said.


Joseph said the police and army had the security situation under control though gunfire could be heard throughout the crime-ridden capital of 1 million people after the attack.

With Haiti politically polarized and facing a growing humanitarian crisis and shortages of food, fears of widespread chaos are spreading. The Dominican Republic said it was closing the border it shares with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.

The bloodshed in Haiti is driven by worsening poverty and political unrest.

TURBULENT HISTORY


The country of about 11 million people - the poorest nation in the western hemisphere - has struggled to achieve stability since the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, and grappled with a series of coups and foreign interventions.

Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during the investiture ceremony of the independent advisory committee for the drafting of the new constitution at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo

Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during a news conference to provide information about the measures concerning coronavirus, at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/

Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during the investiture ceremony of the independent advisory committee for the drafting of the new constitution at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/



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Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during a news conference to provide information about the measures concerning coronavirus, at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/
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A U.N. peacekeeping mission - meant to restore order after a rebellion toppled then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004 - ended in 2019 with the country still in turmoil. In recent years, Haiti has been buffeted by a series of natural disasters and still bears the scars of a major earthquake in 2010.

Moise, a banana exporter-turned-politician, faced fierce protests after taking office as president in 2017. This year, the opposition accused him of seeking to install a dictatorship by overstaying his mandate and becoming more authoritarian. He denied those accusations.

"All measures are being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and to protect the nation," Joseph said.


Moise had ruled by decree for more than a year after the country failed to hold legislative elections and wanted to push through a controversial constitutional reform.

The U.S. Embassy said in a statement it would be closed on Wednesday due to the "ongoing security situation".

The United States is assessing the "tragic attack" and President Joe Biden will be briefed on the assassination, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in Washington.

"We stand ready and stand by them to provide any assistance that's needed," she said. "Of course our embassy and State Department will be in close touch but it's a tragedy. We stand with them and it's important that people of Haiti know that."


The United States had on June 30 condemned what it described as a systematic violation of human rights, fundamental freedoms and attacks on the press in Haiti, urging the government to counter a proliferation of gangs and violence. read more

Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader held an emergency meeting early on Wednesday about the situation in Haiti but had yet to issue a statement.
 

c.a.

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KEY POINTS

  • Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday, according to a statement from the country’s interim prime minister, who called the killing a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.”
  • First Lady Martine Moïse was shot in the overnight attack and hospitalized, interim Premier Claude Joseph said.
  • Opposition leaders accused Moïse, who was 53, of seeking to increase his power, including by approving a decree that limited the powers of a court that audits government contracts and another that created an intelligence agency that answers only to the president.
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday, according to a statement from the country’s interim prime minister, who called the killing a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.”

First Lady Martine Moïse was shot in the overnight attack and hospitalized, interim Premier Claude Joseph said.

Even before the assassination, Haiti had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moïse. The president ruled by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections and the opposition demanded he step down in recent months.

“The country’s security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti,” Joseph said in a statement from his office. “Democracy and the republic will win.”

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, the streets were largely empty in the Caribbean nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince, but some people ransacked businesses in one area.

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Basque Seeker

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I heard the theory that it was murdered because of this:


But I don't buy it, since it seems all they did on that point was to reject Astrazeneca (like several other countries did).

From the above link:

“Haiti did not reject the offer of vaccines from Covax,” Haiti Ministry of Health General Director Laure Adrien said in a telephone interview. “All we asked was that they change the vaccine they were providing us.”
 

Ocean

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A U.S. citizen of Haitian descent has been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse (Police frequency), a senior official here said Thursday. James Solages, a U.S. citizen, is among the six people arrested in Moïse’s killing, according to Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections and inter-party relations. Pierre told The Washington Post that at least one other detainee is also believed to be a Haitian American. Four other suspects have been killed, authorities have said. The assassination of Moïse early Wednesday has deepened the spiraling political crisis in this impoverished Caribbean nation. Authorities have not provided evidence of the detainees’ alleged involvement in the assassination. Pierre shared a video of two suspects being apprehended and jeered by a surrounding crowd. He said the detainees were being held at a police station in the capital that had been surrounded by an angry mob, LA Times reported (2 Haitian Americans reportedly among six detained in assassination of Haiti's president).


UPDATE! Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Police frequency): Haitian police killed four and arrested two people suspected in the assassination of the country’s president, authorities announced late Wednesday. A gun battle between local police and a group of suspected killers resulted in the death of four of the attackers who allegedly killed President Jovenel Moise and wounded his wife, Martine Moise, Haiti’s police chief Léon Charles said at a news conference, Daily Caller reported (Haitian Police Kill Four, Arrest Two Suspected Killers Of Country’s President).

“The police are engaged in a battle with the assailants,” he said, adding that the authorities were still chasing some other suspects. “We are pursuing them so that, in a gunfight, they meet their fate or in gunfight they die, or we apprehend them.” The assassinated president’s wife has been transported to a hospital in southern Florida and is currently “in critical condition,” Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S. Bocchit Edmond said.
 

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Two American 'mercenaries' arrested alongside 15 Colombians for 'assassinating' Haiti president Jovenel Moïse as cops hunt 8 suspects still on the run​

  • Police say the gang that killed Haiti's president included 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans
  • Haitian police identified James Solages and Joseph Vincent as two US citizens suspected in assassination plot
  • Both are of Haitian descent and they are among 17 suspects detained in the killing of President Jovenel Moïse
  • The rest of the detained, dead and at-large suspects, are Colombian nationals, according to police officials
  • After saying seven died, police now say three other suspects were killed by cops and eight are on the run
  • Solages is the president of the board of directors of Jacmel First, a charity founded in south Florida in 2019
  • The charity focuses on ending childhood hunger in Haiti including through education, its website reads
  • Solages' bio describes him as ex-guard for Canadian embassy in Haiti, and a 'certified diplomatic agent'
  • At least two of the men brought in alive were found hiding in bushes by a mob of civilians who attacked them
  • Moïse was shot 12 times in Wednesday's early morning raid on his mansion in the hills above Port-au-Prince
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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and First Lady Martine are pictured together in 2017. Moïse was riddled with 12 bullet holes and had his eyes gouged out during Wednesday's brutal attack, which killed him and seriously injured his wife.

Haitian police now say that two US citizens are among 17 alleged 'foreign mercenaries' who have been arrested in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, both US citizens of Haitian descent, were arrested along with 15 Colombian nationals over Wednesday's brazen raid on Moïse's mansion in the hills above Port-au-Prince, according to Haitian police.


Solanges, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, is the president of a charity based in south Florida and claims to be a former bodyguard at Canada's embassy in Haiti. Vincent lives in the Miami area. Both men were born in Haiti, officials said.

Solages is the president of the board of directors of Jacmel First, a charity founded in south Florida in 2019 which is focused on ending childhood hunger in Haiti.

Haiti's Minister of Elections and Inter-party Relations Mathias Pierre told the Associated Press he would not provide additional details about Solages' background. He also did not detail either of the American's alleged involvement in the assassination or what evidence led to their arrests.

According to his charity's bio page, Solages previously worked as the chief commander of bodyguards for The Canadian embassy in Haiti and is a building engineer specializing in infrastructure development.

Currently, he works as a corporate executive serving as a consultant in different locations throughout South Florida and also serves as a politician 'promoting his country by focusing on compassion programs and counseling economic development program', his bio reads.

He also describes himself as a 'certified diplomatic agent,' an advocate for underprivileged children and a budding politician.

Jacmel First's charitable mission is to support the growth and development of underprivileged people in Haiti and specifically Jacmel - a port town on the south coast of the country, the website says.

This includes through education, health education and the implementation of sanitation systems.

Attempts by DailyMail.com to reach the charity by phone did not go through or were not answered.

(Clinton connection - me thnks?)
 

Ursus Minor

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The sheer number of assailants (28), most of them Colombians doesn't seem to hint at a major secret agency's work.
It may have been devised to look like an attack by Colombian drug lords, though.

Small and peaceful countries normally do not seem to put up much protection for their presidents (because in general they don't have to).
 

Laurentien2

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Haiti requested US troops & UN peacekeepers to secure ‘key infrastructure’ after president’s assassination – reports​

9 Jul, 2021 22:59 / Updated 3 hours ago
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Haiti requested US troops & UN peacekeepers to secure ‘key infrastructure’ after president’s assassination – reports

Police stand guard near the private residence of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise after he was shot dead by gunmen, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 7, 2021. © Reuters / Estailove St-Val






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Haiti approached both the US and the United Nations for security aid soon after the murder of President Jovenel Moise, asking them to deploy soldiers to guard infrastructure in the event of unrest, according to multiple reports.
The country’s elections minister Mathias Pierre said the request for US troops was made after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Joe Biden himself had “promised to help Haiti” in the wake of the president’s assassination earlier this week, the New York Times reported on Friday. He warned that “urban terrorists” could exploit current tensions and carry out further attacks.
“The group that financed the mercenaries want to create chaos in the country,” Pierre said. “Attacking the gas reserves and airport might be part of the plan.”
While a Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment on the matter after being contacted by a journalist with Sputnik, an unnamed senior administration official later said Washington has no plans to send soldiers “at this time,” according to Reuters.
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During an earlier press briefing on Friday, State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said she could not confirm that such a request was made, though White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did note that federal agents from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security would be dispatched to the Haitian capital to assist “as soon as possible.”
Robenson Geffrard, a journalist at Le Nouvelliste, a major Haitian newspaper, echoed Pierre’s concerns about unrest, saying there is now a “sense of uncertainty” and a “shadow of violence” hanging over the country, which had already been in the grips of a political crisis even before the hit on the president.
Haiti also called on the UN to send peacekeepers soon after the president’s death, according to a letter obtained by Reuters on Friday. Sent by Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph on July 7 – the day Moise was killed – the message requested a troop deployment to “support the efforts of the national police” and help “reestablish security and public order in the whole territory.”
The UN has so far offered no public comment on the purported request. The body’s 15-member Security Council would have to vote to authorize such a deployment.
Moise was shot dead by a group of gunmen at his home near Port-au-Prince early on Wednesday morning; his wife was also severely injured and airlifted to a hospital in Miami, Florida.
While few details about the assassins have emerged, Haitian officials have alleged that at least 28 people were behind the plot, including 26 Colombian citizens and two Haitian-Americans. National police chief Leon Charles confirmed on Thursday that 15 Colombians and the two Americans had been taken into custody, while three others were killed in firefights with police. At the time, he said eight more suspects remained at large.
Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano also said on Thursday that preliminary information suggests that former members of his country’s military had participated in the murder plot.
The two Haitian-Americans, identified as James Solages and Joseph Vincent, have admitted to working as translators for the assassins, according to Haitian Judge Clement Noel, as cited by the Times. They claimed the original plan was to kidnap the president and move him to the national palace, though the judge noted that Solages was “very evasive” in some of his answers, adding that the testimony did not offer much detail on the wider plot or possible motives.
As fears of unrest run high, Haiti remains in an official state of siege,” with curfews, border closures and stricter media controls imposed nationwide, while soldiers have been deployed to police the streets. The 15-day emergency order will stay in effect until later this month.
 

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Police say suspect in killing of Haiti’s Moïse planned to assume presidency​



Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, a powerful Haitian gang boss, urged protests of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 10, risking more chaos. (Reuters)
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Samantha Schmidt

July 11, 2021|Updated today at 9:56 p.m. EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Authorities said Sunday they have arrested a Haitian man suspected of playing a leading role in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, allegedly recruiting some of the assailants by telling them they would be his bodyguards.

Police said Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, planned to assume the presidency and hire some of the men as his security team. Sanon is reportedly a doctor with long-standing ties to Florida.
 
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