#netwayeAyiti2024 #cleanupHaiti2024 : Beyond Contempt

With each day bringing a new crisis, the Haitian government, led by de facto prime minister Ariel Henry, has chosen to remain silent as if everything is fine in a country that is disintegrating. As of today it is very difficult to travel outside of Port-au-Prince safely wether you’re traveling North, South or even East for that matter because of gangs ruling the road, while fighting each other. Inside the under siege capital of the country, persons are getting kidnapped everyday, and held for ransom, while many are killed for no apparent reason as was the case of Osny Zidor, the medical student from Petit Goave. She was killed while riding a motorcycle taxi near Canapé Vert. Her death sparked an outcry for justice from the university students and professors, mainly from the School of Medicine where she was studying to become a doctor.

Prime minister Henry who has taught at the school stayed silent, just like he said nothing after nearly two or maybe three dozen persons were killed in the areas north and east of the capital when two gangs, Mawozo and Chen Mechan started a rumble to see who is top dog in the Plaine area, north and east of the capital. Most of the victims were innocent persons living in the areas where heavy fighting occurred, with constant shootings from heavy caliber guns. Many persons left the areas, while gangsters set fire to their homes in Butte Boyer and Marin. Both gangs have suffered losses from the battle, while the government has remained silent, save for the police which seems to have attacked Mawozo in Croix des Bouquets.

Nothing seems to faze the authorities who don’t even try to solve any of the pressing problems affecting the country. Presently, there is a shortage of gasoline in all towns in the country, as well as in the capital, the minister of commerce claims that there is gasoline in gas stations, but they remain closed these past few days. In the street, in full view of police, persons are selling the precious liquid at six to seven times the official price, wether in Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitien or Les Cayes. Coupled with that is the severe rationing in electricity that has left the whole country in the dark. Businesses are suffering because they have no electricity and cannot run generators because gasoline and diesel fuel is scarce and super expensive.

Haitians everywhere need to come together to solve problems we are facing. Even if you live in the diaspora you’re affected by the deterioration of our home, which reflects on our identity as a people. The situation we are going through is the result of years of maneuvering by forces inside the country led by the U.S., France and to lesser extent Canada, which have led us to the present. Unless we identify and neutralize those who are puppets and soldiers for foreign enablers the situation will get worse. As Dr. Frantz Large said recently, the Core Group of foreign rulers want to take effective control of Haiti to exploit our mines and oil. Gold, copper, silver and oil are present in the ground, and foreign interests, mainly from the United States want all of it. By selecting corrupt leaders, they ensure their take over of all natural resources and our labor force, while only paying pennies to the crooks they select. In the meantime Haitians everywhere will remain poor and destined to work hard abroad for measly salaries, except for a few.

Only worldwide mobilization will allow us to restore our half of the island to its natural beauty, with plenty for all to eat and live in dignity. There is no time to waste because 2024 is around the corner. We must clean our environment and rid ourselves of negative thoughts and actions that are hindering us from coming together. We are all brothers and sisters wether in Port-au-Prince or in the countryside, and only by respecting and paying attention to each other’s needs will we succeed.

Danse Petro: Murder for Hire

In a shameful display of human rights violation, men dressed in uniforms of the Haitian National Police fired on a crowd of peaceful demonstrators yesterday, killing a journalist, Lazarre Maxilien, who was covering the march organized by factory workers in Delmas, as they were demanding fair wages.

We can only call this murder on a member of the press. There have been many attempts to control how the news is reported, and how commentary is offered also. The PNH was looking bad when reports showed members of the force brutalizing women who are peacefully demanding a raise so they can live decently. The factory owners also looked bad because everybody knows they pay the police to breakup demonstrations. So the answer is to fire on a group that included some journalists to intimidate the press. Most journalists working the street are not paid a lot of money, and they receive little in terms of benefits. It’s a job that demands courage and dedication because there is danger, as was seen yesterday when police officers riding in an unmarked pickup shot at the demonstration, killing Lazarre and wounding others. It looks like the PNH is working to suppress persons trying to exercise their lawful right to protest, especially workers demanding a better salary and benefits for their labor. As of today, aside from a vague statement talking about investigating the shooting, the police has not said anything to inform the public about their reprehensible actions.

Ariel Henry wants to install a police state on the population, while gangsters control a lot of neighborhoods, including parts of national roads allowing persons to travel in and out of Port-au-Prince in the south and the east. Roads in Martissant and Croix-des-Bouquets are controlled by gangs who shoot at persons and vehicles anytime they want. These gangsters make money charging money to allow safe passage through their territory for individuals and merchandise in trucks going south or heading to the border with the Dominican Republic. The de facto Prime Minister is not concerned with reigning in criminals and gangs, concentrating instead on repressing demonstrations and intimidating political opponents. Crime is exploding with kidnappers running freely, while persons are shot daily by robbers and assassins. On Wednesday this week some criminals shot at the Petit Seminaire, College Saint Martial, one of the oldest school in Haiti, forcing students to hit the floor, cowering from bullets. And through all this the authorities have done very little, throwing tear gas and shooting at demonstrators who are demanding a chance to live like human beings.

There is so much beauty in our country, and we need to come together to stop the destruction of our culture. The Core Group allied with the persons making a fortune selling imported food and supplies, while running factories and businesses are putting together a plan to eliminate a good part of the population through famine, diseases and crime, and take control of all resources, including labor. It is not a coincidence that a lot of members of universities have been targeted by kidnappings and murders. Just the other day an eminent university Professor was murdered. He was also an expert on computers who worked for the central bank which controls and regulates banking in the country. By destroying education you ensure that there is no one to fight in the future.

Persons are slowly mobilizing to take control of their lives. The factory workers and militants allied to their cause are demonstrating again today, raising the consciousness in the population which will eventually realize that they hold their future in their hands. Also the Protestant sector has started to demonstrate against kidnappings because pastors have been victims. A well known pastor, Remy Lochard, was taken by kidnappers over a week ago, and this has brought out many persons who are demanding his release. As usual, the police has done nothing to investigate and pursue the bandits who took the pastor. People have realized that help is not coming, and they must organize to defend themselves.

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With all the problems in the country, persons in Jacmel still organized carnival celebrations to mark the occasion. As usual, the colors were vibrant with costumes, musical groups and people partying. My friend Patrice Douge, a great photographer provided some beautiful photos which I’ll display a few.

#netwayeAyiti2024

#cleanupHaiti2024

Danse Petro: Rezistans

Rezistans oswa disparet

Well it looks like Haiti’s future is bought and paid for; the contract has been drawn up by the Core Group of so called friends, only the names of the sellers are missing.

Early today, syndicates representing workers from factories demonstrated on the airport road, near the area known as Twa Men in Delmas where many factories operate in the industrial park; they are demanding the equivalent of nearly fifteen dollars U. S. a day, which is barely enough to survive these days. Judging from what these factory workers are paid, it’s modern day slavery. They get the equivalent of U.S. five dollars or less a day, while working close to twelve hours with very little break. Women make up most of the work force, and as such they are really abused with low pay, no benefits to speak of, very little vacation or rest, no drinking water provided and poor sanitary conditions.

In factories in Haiti, persons work like slaves on a plantation because their inadequate, next to nothing salaries that cannot provide a decent living, coupled with the slave like working conditions represent modern day slavery. On top of this many of the women are abused sexually with constants talk and forced sexual favors to the supervisors who are mostly foreigners. Factory owners make a substantial profit because they pay the workers next to nothing, while investing little in making the work space modern and comfortable. They suppress all attempts by the workers to organize and get a decent, humane treatment, firing workers at will.

So, just like the day before, these workers took to the street near the industrial park to demand a daily salary of 1500 gourdes, nearly equal to fifteen U.S. dollars, to be able to survive. Many militants joined the march to support the factory workers, and the demonstration numbered a few thousand persons. With the pay these workers get they cannot afford transportation to work, and many of them walk miles to save enough to feed their children. Lunch is a luxury for many of them because the cost of food has risen to keep up with a murderous inflation. The salary they’re asking is going to barely allow them to survive, to send their children to school dressed properly with a full stomach, and save a few gourdes for a rainy day. They’ve decided that resistance is the only solution, and despite being chased and suppressed by the police, they will continue to fight.

The PNH, Haitian National Police used an abundance of tear gas, and fired many rounds to disperse the demonstration, forcing the crowd to fight by throwing rocks and regrouping after clashes. It was a shameful show of violent repression by police officers who recently took to the street to demand a better salary and benefits. The police tossed tear gas on the march, and many persons, mostly women, suffered from inhaling the smoke and the running in panic. Those police officers are not very smart because the same persons who are ordering them to suppress a lawful demonstration are keeping them down by denying them a decent salary, and oppressing them. The average police officer who is not associated with gangsters, kidnappers or drug dealers is poor, barely able to make ends meet, especially if he or she has a family. The officers in the high command are making a good amount of money by preventing the rank and file from getting a good pay and benefits, so they do not want a syndicate for the force. All this is to show that when police officers suppress workers trying to get better pay, they only hurt their own efforts to get better working conditions and a decent salary. Sadly, these cops do not realize that the pittance they’re getting from the factory bosses to suppress the just demands of fellow workers will cost them ten times more in the future, fools on a leash.

As I said at the start of this post, the Core Group is working on a selection process in Haiti, which they will masquerade as an election, to choose the next leaders who will sell them the country’s wealth. De facto Prime Minister Henry is the selected band leader for now, but he has competition. The different accords which rallied to a couple of agreements, but remained divided, have each presented a plan for transition. The Montana Accord even elected a provisional president and a Prime Minister to lead the transition and organize a national conference to help all Haitians come together. It all sounds nice on paper, but many of the participants receive money from foreign groups, while others benefit from the status quo. So now, de facto Prime Minister Henry is pitted against the Montana Accord in a fight for control of the government, with another group in the hunt, the ten remaining elected senators whose mandate is almost finished and who cannot vote on anything because they cannot reach a quorum and also cannot meet in a National Assembly. All these politicians from various political parties also must take other persons into account because militants are mobilizing and organizing the population. The population has lost trust in politicians, so only grassroots militants can mobilize large amounts of persons.

Resistance is the only way to stop the Clinton gang and the Core Group from recycling the PHTK to control the presidency and the parliament. The foreign tutors are already drawing up the new constitution for Haiti to allow them to exploit all the mining wealth, and keep the population from creating wealth for themselves. The aim is to keep the majority of the population as consumers for imported food and supplies, while they work in menial jobs, with a few in the service industry struggling to make ends meet. Foreign companies will get lucrative contracts to exploit the mines and the offshore oil, giving very little to the country, mostly small sums to corrupt political leaders. The middle class will practically disappear, and the poor will live in squalor and experience widespread hunger.

The only way out of this murderous plan is for persons who want a better Haiti to come together and resist, or else we will perish or become a nation of wanderers, with a majority of Haitians living abroad, while foreigners own everything of value. The workers who demonstrated today are part of the coalition we need to put together to defeat those who want to take our home away. We need to ensure that support is provided to those who want to unite and fight. There isn’t much time left, and only true dedication will work, dedication to respect our ancestors, and clean up ourselves and our home.

#netwayeAyiti2024 #cleanupHaiti2024

Photograph by Patrice Douge

Danse Petro: Chaos & De Facto Politics

Today, the situation in Port-au-Prince is chaotic, as downtown on Grand Rue and near Bicentennaire there is a scene of panic, with cars, motorcycles and persons running away because of heavy shooting. On Lalue, demonstrators are burning tires and calling for de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s resignation. In Bourdon, barricades with tires burning have blocked traffic and persons are rushing to retrieve their children from nearby schools; heavy gunfire punctuates the air, adding to the sense of panic experienced by many.

This is a reflection of the chaos reigning in Haiti, particularly the Port-au-Prince region, because of the uncertain political situation. A de facto President has been selected by participants of the Montana Accord who have chosen Fritz Jean as interim president and Steven Benoit as de facto Prime Minister. Of course this selection is not the will of the population, but the choice of a group of organizations belonging to the so called civil sector. It’s an attempt for them to become relevant in political decision making which is mostly made by the Core group of countries looking to reduce Haiti to the level of a colony. According to those foreign tutors, Haitians cannot govern themselves, so the Core bosses must choose leaders for the country, and pass laws that will favor the takeover of the country’s resources, especially minerals and oil. The Montana Accord claims to look for ways for Haitians to start coming together to take control of the political spectrum, but many of the persons who are participating in the accord are controlled by foreign bosses who tell them what to do. The so called civil society is mostly funded by the U.S. and the French through grants, with Canada increasing its control lately.

While politicians of all kinds are fighting each other for the crumbs that will be left by the real bosses, foreigners with plans for Haiti’s wealth, the country is swimming in garbage, all the while the population suffers from insecurity and environmental disaster. Last weekend diluvial rain transformed large parts of Cap Haitien into a lake, with many houses flooded. Persons there lost a lot of personal effects when water entered homes and flooded first floors in many neighborhoods. Nothing has been done for the long term recovery of places in the south which were destroyed by the earthquake a few months ago. Life goes on in a country bathed in garbage.

Martissant is experiencing chaos and fear today because of heavy shooting, and a fire is raging between Martissant 21 and Fontamara. Persons are running away from the area and heavy gunfire is heard, according to radio reports from Zenith FM. There are a few casualties, as a couple of people have been brought to the hospital, but no one can go to the area to give a precise account of persons hurt or killed because of the shooting. Is the display of violence because of Magalie Habitant called in by authorities for corruption? No one can say so for sure, but her lawyers are using the insecurity to avoid showing up. Habitant is accused of corruption while she was in charge of the agency controlling garbage removal. A lot of money was diverted and the Court to control administrative affairs published a report saying Habitant is accused of corruption. Moreover, she has been associated with many persons with gang affiliations, and we all remember how she drove alone in the middle of the night to pick up two Dominicans and their translator who were released from capture from kidnappers.

Persons are dying in Haiti almost everyday, and according to a report compiled by Dr. Dabanski, as heard on the air, fifty or more people were killed in the country during the month of January, and the count does not include those persons killed by the gangs, and the bodies tossed or set on fire. That’s a lot of people killed in one month. Hunger is spreading in the slums and in the countryside where famine has started in some areas. There appears to be a plan to starve a good deal of the population, while the gangs prevent the population from organizing economic activities to feed themselves. In the towns, the price of food is forcing many persons to be malnourished, causing them to become weak and susceptible to many diseases. The environment is full of garbage, so germs are everywhere, and most people don’t even have enough water to wash themselves thoroughly.

Will February seventh signal a change? On that day, de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry will lose whatever veneer of legality he has in occupying his post. He was supposedly selected by deceased de facto president Jovenel Moise whose mandate ended in 2021, but who refused to give up power until February Seventh 2022. So after the Seventh he will have no legal right to stay as Prime Minister according to the constitution. Politicians opposed to Ariel Henry will demand that he resign, and the police, which is the only legal force in the country will be in a bind. Either the Haitian National Police supports Ariel Henry in illegally staying on, or it removes him from his post, but with no one clearly ready to assume interim power. In either case, you can bet the Blan has something cooking and only popular mobilizing will stop that nefarious plan.

#netwayeAyiti2024. All together with a goal in mind

Danse Petro: Sorrowful times

Two more journalists murdered in Laboule 12 a couple of days ago. After the threats made toward Zenith FM by the gang Mawozo, this wanton killing of two young men who were working for an online media outlet in Haiti, Amady Jhon Wesley and a colleague, is a result of the anarchy in the streets encouraged by the government. Quality of life is very bad presently in the country, but the population is kept from taking to the streets and demanding better living conditions because of fear and insecurity. The regime in charge of the government is continuing with the policy of allowing the gangs to control the slums and ghetto neighborhoods where the majority of the population lives, in order to stop people from mobilizing. And presently, the gangs are moving to areas where persons with money have built big comfortable homes, like Laboule and the Plaine du Cul de Sac.

A few months ago, a turf war started up in Laboule, in the hills above Petion-Ville, where many persons with high income and assets live, between two different gangs which originally operated downtown. According to reports from media outlets, the fight started because a landowner in the area with connections with a gang in Martissant brought some members up to intimidate small land owners in the area. Soon after shots were fired everyday, and a gang war was transplanted from the southern entrance of Port-au-Prince to Laboule. Law abiding residents in the area are living through a nightmare because of shots fired every night, and insecurity in the formerly peaceful neighborhood once it’s dark.

The start of the new year has brought more kidnappings, as persons have been snatched in Petion-Ville, often in broad daylight. The Haitian National Police, or PNH, looks like amateur spectators while insecurity ravages the capital and surrounding suburbs. Is the PNH that inefficient or is it part of the plan to stay in power by keeping the police on a short leash? Often, persons say the gangs have more firepower and that the police cannot match them. Curiously enough, back in the tumultuous days of Peyi Lok, when barricades were set up all over the country by a large amount of the population, the PNH had well armed special units, with .50 caliber machine guns on pickup trucks, along with M-60 machine guns. There were rumors of snipers from foreign countries shooting demonstrators near the palace. A few months ago, a group of police officers from the CIMO, a special unit trained to fight urban uprisings, became angry because one of the members of their unit was killed by the gang headed by BBQ, the G9 leader. They entered BBQ’s turf in Delmas 6 and destroyed his headquarters, while breaking into his house and damaging cars there. They met little resistance because Cherizier, aka BBQ, ran and hid in Lasalin. The police officers involved were ordered back and transferred far from Delmas. Around New Year’s Eve, BBQ returned to Delmas and started a fight in Bel Air that is still going on. Many homes in the area between Bel Air and Lower Delmas have been taken over by gang bangers, forcing the persons who lived there to run for their lives, abandoning homes and everything behind. No one knows how many were killed because it’s no man’s land.

The HNP has the firepower and the training to fight the gangs and probably eradicate most of them if ordered to do so. Between the SWAT and the other special unit, a task force can make life hard for gangs, which are mostly made up of untrained young men who cannot carry a strategic fight. There will be some collateral damage because gang bangers are part of the population, and they will hide behind women and children, but if the HNP has the support of the government it will prevail. The population needs to put pressure on the authorities to stop supporting this situation, and make the environment safe and peaceful. Elections cannot and must not take place until insecurity is curtailed, even though a bunch of greedy politicians, allied with gangs are calling for them.

Danse Petro: Well, year has to end

In Haiti 2021 is coming to an end, trying to land on a field full of obstacles. The year has been tumultuous, to say the least, with the social and economic situation going down month after month, and insecurity thriving. I don’t know about you, but having to stay in Port-au-Prince for long periods of time, I watched the city go from hellish to more hellish, all on a backdrop of garbage filled streets. Darkness and insecurity have turned the streets into a dangerous no-man land in many neighborhoods. After 10 PM, all traffic dies in the major streets, and persons barricade themselves inside their homes if they’re able to do it. In the distance, or sometimes too close for comfort, shots ring out for a short while, then the sound of a motorcycle riding fast.

All the while, the transition following the death of former de facto president Jovenel Moise in July remains the same old mess, while life is steadily getting worse for the average person living in Haiti. De facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry is also acting as president of the country, overstepping his job’s mandate, with the blessing of the Core Group of foreign ambassadors who have taken over running the country. Prime Minister Henry is gladly handling two budgets, presidency and prime ministry, keeping money flowing to friends and members of the clan, while following orders from the cabal. Make no mistake about it, the PM is not affiliated with any of the political parties, not even with the PHTK, even though he dutifully assigned all the important ministries to persons associated with the ruling party. Most of former de facto president Jovenel Moise’s people have been pushed out, even in the presidential palace. So, the Prime Minister is following a script drawn by those who are maintaining him in power.

The traditional political opposition has blown up into fragments, each group clinging to a respective accord, of which there are three, if not more, pitting them against each other. Militants who have been at the forefront of demonstrations during the fight against the regimes of Martelly and Moise are realizing that those politicians who spoke the loudest are now working with the system they claimed to fight against, getting per diem and getting jobs for the clan. Now the grass roots organization, along with militants who have always been the ones in the street are reorganizing themselves to mobilize the population, just today a demonstration is filling up the Delmas Highway. Led by former political prisoners like Babas and Kilik, the group is mobilized against the government and the way persons are suffering in the prisons. Those militants and others like them will need to come together and take up the leadership of the struggle because they cannot count on politicians who are ready to switch camp anytime they get a better offer.

In Gonaives, persons are against any ceremony to commemorate Haiti’s Independence on a backdrop of poverty, with piles of garbage everywhere, which have turned the public square where all celebrations take place into a pigsty. Persons there look at the town and feel shame at being made to live like this. The Prime Minister is supposed to put on his fake, illegal president’s suit to make the traditional speech from the Head of State, but militants in the capital of Artibonite may create problems for the officials, while some of the gangs active in the region may demand money to let the delegation pass through their territory. It is a real shame that the government ignores the people of Gonaives all year, with no social services available, only to come on January first to say something foolish, make vague promises, and leave before dark.

Well, this is how 2021 is coming to an end. We really need to #netwayeAyiti2024 / #cleanupHaiti2024.

Danse Petro: Publi bla bla bla

Nowadays in Haiti, what transpires in the public eye is more often than not a well rehearsed episode that leaves the reality hidden. Persons act in the shadows away from the public eye, their actions hidden, while the repercussions are felt by everyone. With the last hostages free from the kidnapping of the religious members of an international Christian group and their families, the Christian Aid Ministries, the whole affair seemed like a well rehearsed play. Early on during the saga, I talked about this. I pointed out that the gang Mawozo had more pressure on them because they had to provide decent food to those persons in captivity, some of them children and toddlers, provide them with clean drinking water and keep mosquitoes from devouring their tender white skins. To do this required spending money and providing accommodations very different from what usual victims of kidnappings get.

From all reports that victims of kidnappings provide, persons are usually packed in rooms, their hands tied more often than not, with little food and proper drinking water provided. Those persons live in fear all through the ordeal, and it usually leaves lasting emotional damages on them. It seems that the hostages from the Christian Aid Ministries had much better treatment, as they were fed well and enjoyed a comfortable stay in the wilderness. After being released, they are not in bad shape, in need of emotional counseling it would appear. Seems they were treated with consideration.

You have to wonder about this whole affair. Eventually it will be told in a movie from Hollywood. There is no better script for a feel good drama, where the ending is full of suspense. The whole thing is surreal in how it happened, and shows how the life of the ordinary citizen living in Haiti is so different from that of an expatriate who supposedly came to help, but lives in a bubble far from the reality of those persons he or she is helping. This saga is a perfect example of the difference in how expatriates are treated compared to Haitians. The only case that looked like this involved the wife of Dimitry Herard, the formerly head of the president’s security detail, now incarcerated in the National Penitentiary. She was kidnapped and released, after she admitted having a pleasant stay. She was even given some gifts from her captors who cried real tears when she was picked up from Village de Dieu in a car driven by her husband. As it is often said in Haiti, rich Blacks are white.

Another case, the recent article published in The NY Times about the famous list of persons involved in drug trafficking in Haiti that deceased de facto president Jovenel Moise kept, presents more questions. First, the information about Kiko St Remy and Evinx Daniel is old news, which had been reported before. The fact that Jovenel Moise associated with the two supposedly drug barons was known to Haitian authorities and the DEA a long time ago. As I said things happen in the shadows, away from the public eye, but those in the know are aware of what’s really going on. Second, the DEA and most persons in the know are aware of all the players in the trade. Jovenel did not need to keep a list since he was laundering money for the big dealers, according to the indictment by Haitian authorities before he became president. Third, if Jovenel had really started to turn on his former associates he would have talked about it in the media. He was not the kind to stay quiet about things that mattered. So, this whole things has much more hidden than revealed. The sources for the article know much more than they have revealed. The game goes on in the shadows, and the public gets to watch the play, according to the script.

In Haiti, the media knows a lot, but reports very little related to the illegal drug trade. Reporters know to keep their mouth shut, or face certain death when it comes to the drug trade. The NY Times article did not say anything that a seasoned reporter in Haiti did not know. The difference is that as a foreigner far from the action, NY Times reporter Abi-Habib is safe and can name persons without fear. The drug trade in Haiti does not need publicity because everything is hidden, although some persons know what’s going on. Five months after his death no one knows for sure who is responsible for the murder of de facto president Jovenel Moise.

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Danse Petro: Martissant – the killing fields

As of this writing, the situation in the southern entrance of Port-au-Prince is catastrophic, and persons are being killed, while a gun battle rages between gangs who have been historical enemies for decades. The fight between Gran Ravin and Ti Bwa did not start last week when guns started blazing again. Persons living in those two neighborhoods have been fighting each other for a long time. But until recently those fights occurred in the hills, and did not paralyze the National Route # 2, as is the case today. Politicians from the PHTK decided to change the game, and provide those thugs with assault rifles and unlimited ammunition to take control of the marginalized slums where thousands are living in squalor. Now you have a bunch of well armed young thugs terrorizing the population in Martissant and Fontamara, which used to be peaceful neighborhoods before the neo macoutes from GNB decided to ruin the areas. Before those idiots decided to arm those gangs, on orders from their handlers who provided weapons, persons from Gran Ravin and Ti Bwa used to fight using stick, knives, machetes and handguns occasionally. They feared the police and did not hinder commerce and traveling.

In order to travel south to the five departments that make up the southern part of Haiti you cannot go through Martissant. Most recently a mini bus was shot up when the driver attempted to race through the killing field. The vehicle was shot up by bandits, and persons were killed inside, including a nurse. It is not even safe to stay at home because a young girl in Fontamara was killed on her front porch by a stray bullet, collateral damage in a futile war between young men who are being used by politicians and their handlers. This week, one of the gang leaders warned that persons should stay away from Martissant. In a radio broadcast, a reporter said that the national route was deserted, and even stray dogs knew to stay away. Commerce and travel are at a standstill, and five departments are suffering because of this situation.

While the south was effectively cut off from the capital, the Haitian National Police decided to move many units to provide security to the national route # 1 that leads to the north. No attempts were made by the police to provide help and respite to the people living in the southern entrance of Port-au-Prince, but rather than risk a fight the cops preferred to make a show of force in the northern highway, away from the fighting. In the greater Port-au-Prince area, many persons were taken by kidnappers, while living conditions are getting worse. The de facto government has announced that gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel will rise in price in a few days. Will the population go along with this plan, which will cause a rise in all prices? Poverty is rising, and we have to wonder how long persons are going to stay apathetic and allow this government to starve them to death.

Persons need to come together and bring resistance to a planned genocide, coupled with the theft of our natural resources. The politicians who used to claim opposition to Martelly and Jovenel Moise are all looking to make money and sell their souls. Very few of them are still honestly trying to resist, while grass roots groups are fighting to stay away from death squads who operate freely in an increasingly lawless country where police and gangsters work hand in hand. There is only one path left before we loose everything.

Danse Petro: Kidnapping inc.

In Haiti, especially in the greater Port-au-Prince region, the amount of persons kidnapped is growing, and the fear it has brought is part of day to day life. Everyone is affected because even if you are not a direct victim, you live in fear of being taken every time you venture out of your home. What is worse is that it is only affecting working class people, from the school director, or the high paid cadre working for the state to a driver or a young women whose parents cannot even afford to buy food on a regular basis. School teachers and university professors have been victims recently. Very few of the super rich in Haiti have been taken, so this is a direct attack on the population, as those who control the economy are not affected.

It is definitely a problem that has political ramifications, not only in how it started, but how it is used to keep the population in fear. If the political angle associated with this evil, pernicious development is not taken care of soon, the bandits who are making easy money snatching people will become too strong to eradicate. So how did this begin and how did it grow into a national pandemic?

Everyday persons are taken, and a lot of money is taken in by the kidnappers, some of whom are working directly for politicians. Let’s not forget that two members of the Haitian Senate, one still in office, were directly associated with gangsters who are involved in kidnappings. Bandi Legal has become Bandi Kidnapper. One of those senator’s car was used by kidnappers, according to police reports, and the Senator himself was briefly detained and roughed up. Nowadays, it looks like the kidnappers have intelligence, and are setting up their targets with planning and information. The present Minister of the Interior and of Justice has been accused of orchestrating a kidnapping because he wanted to punish his wife’s lover. A sad story where a government official is under suspicion of a morally reprehensible and repugnant act, with no action taken. It seems as if the whole political class is either directly involved, making money constantly, indirectly associated, and still taking in some money, or fully aware of what’s going on, but too afraid to speak.

Just today a Judge and his son were kidnapped in Bon Repos, and demonstrators who are angry have set up barricades on the Route Nationale and are throwing bottles and rocks. The population has to take matters in their own hands to protect themselves and stop this problem. Very few politicians have been victimized by this evil phenomenon. This is something to think about. Yet, a few police officers have been snatched, so obviously the kidnappers are not afraid of the police, but they stay away from politicians, especially elected officials, or former members of parliament. These guys know each other. Even the few, minute amount of former members of parliament who are clean know exactly what is going on. As I said before, they all know each other, and are fully aware of what is going on, and who is behind it. Many of the gangs take orders directly from persons in political parties, especially PHTK and Bouclier. So they all work hand in hand.

Persons in Haiti and abroad need to begin looking for solutions to kidnappings because we are all affected. A lot of the money paid in ransom is coming from the diaspora where all relatives of kidnap victims, and their friends who live abroad chip in to raise the sums required. So persons in the diaspora, especially the U.S., need to start thinking about how to help those in Haiti begin to fight against kidnapping. In Haiti, we need to organize resistance to not only protect ourselves, but also to denounce and ostracize those who are associated with kidnappers. Citizens must come together and protect each other, perhaps each neighborhood needs to organize protection teams to keep an eye out at all times. Definitely we must start to denounce persons who are making money from this, and not just the bandits because they’re hired hands. We must stop associating with that kind in clubs and in restaurants, even if it means not having a social life because those people are the ones setting you up. And most importantly, we must replace a whole class of politicians who have outlived their usefulness. Of course, I’m not advocating mass murder, far from that, but we must replace all of that present horde of vote merchants who only think of how much and how soon. Journalists need to start investigating and reporting, despite their fear of the gangs. Stop showing off by talking on air to gang leaders. The press must spearhead the fight or people must stop listening or reading their work. Persons must stop listening to journalists who are there only to sell propaganda. Persons must start by coming together with trust and resolve to build something solid that will bring change.

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In Arcahaie, in the Department of The West in Haiti, persons have taken it upon themselves to clean up their home and the whole town to properly celebrate the town’s patron feast. People have spontaneously decided not to wait for municipal authorities to do their job. In each block, persons have come together to eliminate the garbage that was defiling their community by putting hands together in a true cooperation by all. As a result, before the anniversary of the Battle of Vertieres, and to celebrate the annual feast, Arcahaie is looking clean and homely. We have to hope this will not be temporary, just to mark the celebration, and the population there will continue doing this everyday because garbage accumulates non stop. This spontaneous effort needs to be organized into an organization that will keep citizens involved in maintaining the same atmosphere with the same results. Citizens who are leaders in the community need to make this a lasting effort with regular disposal of garbage.

This is exactly what we need to do all over Haiti to prepare for 2024. Town by town, commune by commune, people need to come together and work to maintain cleanliness and care for the environment. On a day when we should celebrate one of the biggest military victory by persons of African descent, the country is filthy, save for a few places. Garbage is taking over all spaces where people congregate, especially near marketplaces right next to the food people are buying. It is shameful to see persons going about business next to piles of foul smelling trash, and it is unacceptable. Like they are doing today in Arcahaie, all around where Haitians live we need to come together to either clean or help the cleaning efforts. It needs to start at the local and at the neighborhood levels in bigger towns.

We must return to our roots, and lean on our identity to come together. The effort needs to come from within, with us realizing that togetherness will bring success. By cleaning the environment we begin to clean our mind, make us free of repugnant smells and unholy sights. From there we can begin to look for ways to better our country, but it must come from within, with mutual reflection . Each of us needs to think about whatever contribution we can make to start this process.