‘Down with the dictatorship’: Protests proceed in Haiti

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Protesters denounce worldwide help for President Jovenel Moise amid dispute over when his time period ends.

Thousands of individuals have rallied within the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, accusing the federal government of making an attempt to determine a brand new dictatorship and denouncing worldwide help for President Jovenel Moise.

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The protests on Sunday have been largely peaceable, though just a few clashes broke out between some demonstrators and police, who fired tear fuel and rubber-coated bullets.

Protesters waved the nationwide flag and chanted: “Down with the dictatorship!”

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Officials loyal to Moise claimed final Sunday that they had foiled an try to homicide him and overthrow the federal government. Police arrested 23 individuals together with a Supreme Court choose, accusing them of an “attempted coup”.

The Caribbean nation has been plunged into turmoil amid a dispute between Moise’s authorities and the opposition over when the president’s time period is meant to finish.

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The opposition claims Moise ought to step down as his five-year time period in workplace expired on February 7 following 2015 elections, which have been disputed and the outcome cancelled by the electoral council.

2021 02 15T003412Z 698968940 RC2OSL938CRB RTRMADP 3 HAITI POLITICSDemonstrators participate in a march throughout a protest towards Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 14, 2021 [Jeanty Junior Augustin/ Reuters]

Moise rejects these claims, arguing he took energy in February 2017 after profitable recent elections in 2016. He has pledged to step down subsequent yr.

The 52-year-old has been ruling by presidential decree for greater than a yr after dissolving a majority of parliament in January 2020, amid a delay in legislative elections as a result of political gridlock and protests that paralysed the nation in 2019.

The constitutional disaster has led to weeks of violent protests on the streets of the impoverished nation and Haiti’s ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond has known as on the worldwide group to help talks between Moise’s authorities and the opposition.

“I believe the international community, our international partners, should work with us and with the opposition parties to make sure that we come to some kind of dialogue or political agreement, so we can have a better way to move forward,” Edmond stated.

The United States has backed Moise’s place on the finish of his time period, with State Department spokesman Ned Price saying on February 5 that “a new elected president should succeed President Moise when his term ends on February 7, 2022”.

Sunday’s protests questioned the legitimacy of Moise’s time period size and international backing for his holding workplace.

“Despite all the kidnappings, the massacres in poor neighbourhoods, the United States continues to support him,” stated protester Sheila Pelicier.

“The money from the PetroCaribe fund has been squandered, we don’t have good hospitals … and the United States continues to support this corrupt government,” Pelicier stated, referring to a mortgage programme whose funds the Haitian authorities has been accused of mismanaging since 2008.

Police officers additionally fired reside ammunition into the air in Petion-Ville, a rich commune in Port-au-Prince the place a automotive was set on hearth.

The infamous Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier and his son Jean Claude “Baby Doc” dominated Haiti from 1957 till 1986 with their ruthless Tontons Macoutes militia.


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