Danse Petro: Political Shenanigans & Anarchy

After all, to have such a stash is the goal of the many political operatives occupying the field in Haiti. Most want the opportunity to have that much cash on hand, as it has looked like the deceased de facto former president Jovenel Moise had in his home. After getting the ultimatum from the U.S. State Department, politicians in Haiti are feverishly working on getting an “accord” or should we say a plan to share the spoils. In different hotels in Port-au-Prince, groups of politicians and militants met and sometimes fought to reach an agreement that will determine what transition Haiti will go through after the death of the sitting president. Of course, most of the deliberations had very little to do with helping the population, or looking for ways to solve problems affecting the country.

While the political situation in Haiti remains unchanged, and with prisons filled with political prisoners – former Depute Arnel Belizaire being the most famous one, held illegally for more than two years – persons in the so called civil society are calling for an agreement to have a transition with solutions brought up by Haitians. In the agreements that those persons are putting forward there is little if no mention of freeing the men and women packed in unsanitary and unhealthy conditions with no trial in sight. Most of them were arrested in roundups targeting opposition supporters and militants from grassroots groups. They are held in the penitentiary and in other prisons where prisoners are packed like sardines in unhealthy conditions. If you don’t have someone bringing you food you will starve in Haitian jails. There is very little water to drink, bathe and generally do your business, so the smell is horrible. I once went to the Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince while working as an interpreter back in 2004. Conditions there are much worse than back when I visited, but I was appalled at the way these prisoners were forced to live. It is a shame that we allow persons to be treated that way, while we worry about mundane matters more, stuck as we are on social platforms. Rather than involve themselves in politics, while claiming to be a civil society, most of these folks need to work on helping prisoners survive these inhuman conditions.

Supplies to help people affected by the earthquake

Supplies are being gathered, while fundraisers are being held to help persons still suffering from the earthquake of August 14 in the Southern departments. While some persons in Les Cayes and Jeremie have benefited from distributions of food, water and materials for temporary shelter, like tents and tarps, persons living in the communal sections and in small towns out of the way have received very little. Just like it happened in 2010, a plethora of foreigners working with non government organizations have disembarked in Jeremie, Les Cayes and in other places to reap the benefits from donations and grants. Of course reputed and long established NGOs like CARE, Food for the Poor and Medecin sans Frontiere have done commendable work, which has saved lives and allowed a great many to better support their plight. But many others have shown up to fill the void left by the government, which is unable to help its population. Rather than help, many government officials are demanding control over distributions in order to prepare their candidacy. These political operatives are stopping the help from reaching the population in need, warehousing supplies and preventing distribution of goods in order to look good. In places like Cavaillon, Camp Perrin, Duchity, Arnaud and many communal sections in out of the way places help has not arrived for those in need. Everyday we hear locally elected CASECs on the radio asking for help for people. In areas affected by the quake persons need lumber, tin sheets for roofing and tools to rebuild a durable shelter. They do not need crackers and spaghetti because those places can produce their own food.

ANARCHY

Persons living and traveling around the National Highway no. 1 near Cite Soley witnessed a day of fireworks, as bandits decided to fire their guns and block passage near and around Drouillard. After controlling the area all morning on Thursday, the bandits were engaged by some brave members of the Haitian National Police – the PNH – who exchanged shots with the the trouble makers until evening set in. It seemed there were no reported casualties on either side of the firefight, as bravery was tempered by the need to live another day. The population living around the area were the true victims because fear and a disruption of activities were the results of all that. All businesses in the area were closed and many were unable to earn a living.

Around Champs de Mars, militants fed up with the deteriorating political situation demanded the release of political prisoners, as they ransacked the office issuing electoral cards to people near the 2004 Tower. The card called Dermalog because of the contract with the foreign firm negotiated by Martine Moise, wife of the deceased president, is supposed to be available to enough citizens to hold valid elections. Delivery of the precious document has run into numerous snags, and many members of the population are unable to get it for various reasons, especially in communal sections and within the peasantry. So unless enough persons have the electoral card, the elections will not have credibility. According to various reports, a few million dollars were made by the persons who arranged the whole affair through overcharge and other corrupt practices. Use of the card during the election will not lead to a free and fair contest because there are reports of databases with numbers that will also vote massively for chosen candidates. By and large elections are not the solution to problems Haiti faces, persons need to concentrate on rebuilding trust in government and rebuilding the fabric of the country. All Haitians everywhere need to start thinking about ways to help a population that is young, and is facing dark and uncertain times.

Danse Petro: Help Needed

With the recent earthquake of over a week ago still affecting many persons in a bad way, we need to look at the situation on the ground, in Haiti’s greater south, and efforts being made to provide the needed help. Things are dire for a great amount of persons in the communal sections, away from major towns in the departments. Many government and non government decision makers who control distribution of much needed aid want to go to either Les Cayes or Jeremie where the media has congregated, so that they can have cameras recording every action for political asset. Politicians are also going on the air with criticism that may or may not be warranted, but they provide little in terms of solutions or help for those affected. In the meantime, life has returned to normal in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings, with little care for those suffering.

Persons in places that are hard to get to like the Cayemites Islands, small towns like Chantal, Abricots, Bonbon and most of the communal sections, like the second and third communal sections of Camp Perrin have not been able to get the help they need. This has led to people spending nights under the rain in many places. Images have emerged on whatsap of women with children getting drenched under a makeshift piece of fabric to ward of the rain. The destruction is unimaginable is the departments affected. In many places, over 80% of houses have been destroyed by this 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

Many people are trying to provide help for those affected by the earthquake in the south of Haiti. A group of Haitian-American doctors, with Dr. Ronald V. LaRoche as spokesperson, are on the field providing medical help to persons who were seriously hurt. They have done many interventions and they could use our help. A friend, Monique Dodard recommended an organization, the Haitian-American Emergency Relief Committee, which has been around for many years; Didier Fabien has been its president since 2008, she told me.

Many persons want to help, but they don’t know where to send a contribution. Also, after the fiasco of January 12, 2010 when a lot of aid poured into Haiti, only to be diverted by those who did not need it, persons are wary and suspicious. All I can say is you have to follow your instincts, but there are many who need help. They deserve an effort from all of us to help them through a bad time. The greater south of Haiti is home to some of the proudest inhabitants of the island. Before the earthquake these departments, like Grande Anse and towns like Pestel were jewels, boasting a bucolic environment with a slow paced lifestyle . Today, Pestel is devastated, and the rest of the Nippes Department is not much better. People there need our help.

#cleanupHaiti it’s time.

Some of the nefarious characters who have contributed to making Haiti a hell on earth for many have resurfaced, trying to sound like persons without blemish in their past. My friend Alix Conde, a content creator who specializes in video presentations has the perfect clip to address this

https://youtu.be/CSbP5wrikCo

A nice viewing. Enjoy, short and sweet.

#cleanupHaiti2024

Major earthquake in Haiti, mainly located in the south, with the epicenter in the Nippes region. Les Cayes, third largest town in the country is going through a bad times because persons there watched complete destruction of the town, and at the onset ran away from the town because of the fear of a tsunami. Many houses including hotels have been destroyed with many lives lost. Pestel, Petit Trou de Nippes, Anse a Veau and many of the towns in the southern departments are really suffering with major damages with no organized reaction from the authorities so far. The DPC, the civil protection agency, is well trained, but it lacks resources, especially in the areas affected by the quake, and also most of the decision makers along with major supply depots are in Port-au-Prince. With the problem in Martissant where bandits have effectively locked passage to the south for the past two, or is it three, months, it’s going to be difficult to provide help to those in need. Persons in the affected areas are crying for help, with no water, food, shelter and basic necessities lacking.

Jeremie
From Pitit Soley

As of yesterday, Saturday August 14, there is major damage, while the authorities have not been able to act to help those affected. An unconfirmed report gives a count of over 400 persons dead, while the wounded number in the thousands. The material damages are incalculable, with whole towns like Pestel, Arnaud, Petit Trou de Nippes, Beaumont, Marfranc almost completely destroyed. According to reports, former Senator and Mayor of Les Cayes Jean Gabriel Fortune has died in his hotel, along with many others. There were many people in town to celebrate the feast of Notre Dame which is celebrated on the 15th every year. This feast usually draws a lot of people from all over who come to Gelee, the beach area that people from Les Cayes love to enjoy. Although many people skipped the celebration because of the insecurity, many still made the trip. The earth quake took everyone by surprise and there are many victims.

Hotel in Les Cayes

There has been very little reactions from the government. Former de facto president Jovenel Moise broke up most local governments and never held elections, so the population has no leadership to turn to. All along the south towns are left to themselves with no supplies, hospitals and public works to clear roads and help people. The whole Nippes Department is destroyed with all the towns affected. Persons living in that department have no one to turn to, with the majority of the buildings and houses destroyed.

Haitians everywhere’s need to come together and provide help to those in need. We must forget all that keeps us divided and help our brothers and sisters in need. In the greater south of Haiti we have many victims, not only in the towns, but also in the countryside. This is going to lead to another exodus toward Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas because persons in the south are not going to stay there and starve. Public works has not reacted yet, as the Ministry of Public Works and Energy has remained absent, with no declaration from the minister. The DPC – Civil Protection Agency – has not shown the leadership needed in those times, as its mission states.

Many persons in Port-au-Prince and sons and daughters of Haiti living abroad must come together to provide help. We must be careful about letting our goodwill be used by politicians who will try to build their image around propaganda. Now is not the time for the opposition to talk on media outlets, but they need to gather their supporters and organize help to those in need. Those who are fighting corruption cannot allow corrupted persons to come out of their lair to puff their chests and act like good people. They are directly responsible for the lack of hospitals and the sad state of the healthcare system. While ready to provide help in whatever amount we each can afford, we need to be watchful that what we give is not used by “Zots” to build political capital.

Sincere condolences to all who lost their lives and those who are hurt and homeless.

Danse Petro: Free the Political Prisoners

Lately, militants from different organizations in Port-au-Prince have been demonstrating, asking for the release of all political prisoners from illegal incarceration in overcrowded, unhealthy conditions. Prisoners like Arnel Belizaire, Kilik, Paul, Abelson and a host of others are suffering from malnutrition and borderline torture in the hands of penitentiary staff who are underpaid and bitter.

Militants and police officers associated with the SPNH, the unrecognized police syndicate trying to bring unity and better working conditions for rank and file officers, staged a sit in at the Ministry of (in) Justice. It was a small and active vocal group which carried banners and yelled slogans to let persons know about the plight of the illegally held political prisoners. After awhile de facto police officers broke up the sit in by tossing tear gas canisters and threatening those who participated. The demonstration was peaceful and although the participants were vociferous in their denunciation of illegal incarcerations, they were peaceful. De facto police broke it up even though brother police officers were participating. Officers from the UDMO were particularly active, and they chased the militants all the way to Champs de Mars, which they blanketed with tear gas. If only these brave officers from UDMO would show such ardor when fighting criminals, rather than peaceful demonstrators, the killings would stop in BelAir and the Fifth section of Port-au-Prince.

Anarchy is on the rise because conditions are worsening for the population. According to experts close to five million persons in Haiti are at risk of suffering from malnutrition, while the government continues to destroy agriculture in the country. Most food is imported, so the cost is above what most persons can afford. Middle class families sometimes only eat one meal a day, with no snacks. Poor persons are literally starving, and it looks like there is a master plan to starve the population to reduce their number, while also stopping people from being active in a search for a better life. The day to day struggle of eating an inadequate meal keeps persons too occupied to worry about anything else.

The wheels are coming off for the government and it’s allies. Martissant remains a killing field despite bombastic declarations from de facto prime minister Henry and police de facto chief Charles. Gunfire resonates at all hours and traveling through the southern entrance of Port-au-Prince is a deadly adventure. The U. S. Dollar is on the rise, as the Gourde loses value steadily, so the cost of living keeps rising. Compared to the hunger riots of 2008, the one waiting to take place will be way more destructive because a lot more people within the population will be desperate. De facto prime minister Ariel Henry is continuing the same destructive plan that the former deceased president was following. The puppet masters are pulling the strings, while hoping they don’t break.

#haitimustbefree

#cleanupHaiti2024

Danse Petro: Song remains the same

Usually, after a Head of State is murdered, as in the case of former de facto president Jovenel Moise a month ago, there is a change in the powers in control, jails are emptied out, as political prisoners are set free, and a new regime steps in. In Haiti after the death of the former President it’s as if nothing happened. Instead of freedom for political prisoners who were against the former de facto president more opponents are packed in already overflowing jail cells, along with the patsies accused of killing Jovenel. The new man in charge, de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry is following the same script, maintaining the PHTK in power and allowing gangsters to continue terrorizing the population. In Martissant just this past week, criminals fired on a mini bus, killing many passengers and wounding others. The police is helpless facing gangs that are supported by the government. According to rumors, the prime minister used to have a relationship with the G9, the federation of thugs led by J. Cherizier, better known as BBQ. It has been sixty days since the southern entrance to Port-au-Prince is under control of gangsters, and many people have been killed during that time, their bodies eaten by dogs and pigs because the authorities have given up.

Haiti continues to slide toward anarchy and a descent toward catastrophe. The present government is continuing the same policies that former de facto president Jovenel Moise was pushing. De facto PM Henry stills depends on the Core Group to keep his job because most of the population does not back him up. He is still letting the gangs roam free, as they control their respective territory, while the police stands by divided and with little effectiveness. Elections that will probably be another round of selections are still programmed, while businesses are dying, there is no gasoline sold in service stations, crime is rampant and garbage is everywhere. In less than three weeks schools are supposed to open after summer vacation, and there are no preparations started, while parents have no money to send their children to school. Teachers who work for public schools have not been paid and they have no supplies.

With a rise in Covid-19 apparently affecting the country, people in Haiti are nervous. There is a campaign to provide vaccines to a few persons since there are less than half a million doses available for a population of nearly twelve millions. The health care system is shot because the authorities are more concerned with making money than providing service to the population. Public hospitals have no medicine, the smell in those places is enough to make you vomit, and poor people lay on the floor waiting for treatment that rarely comes. The private hospitals are just a little better, as the whole healthcare system is shot.

Resistance to the present regime is the only solution, and grassroots groups are leading the way. Militants in Champs de Mars, along with groups like Fos Delmas, Nou Pap Domi and the Petro Challengers need support from all who can help because they are the key to a better Haiti. The political opposition needs to mobilize to get freedom for political prisoners like Arnel Belizaire and all the others crammed in jail with no trial in sight. People really need to do something about this absurd situation. The judicial system in Haiti is totally corrupt and working for the PHTK, legal bandits who are driving the country to despair. Haitians everywhere must come together and fight to regain our country from those who have taken it and made it a hell hole. Time to fight or watch the country become a slave haven for thieves and foreign handlers.

Danse Petro: and the plan goes on….

As seen from the eyes of the population in Haiti, more UN involvement in the affairs of the country means more despair, destruction and weakening of all institutions in Haitian society. As someone who lived in Port-au-Prince during the last UN occupying mission, the MINUSTAH, I witnessed the incompetence and arrogance of UN administrators, staff and soldiers toward everyone in the population. They were aptly called the TOURISTAH by Haitians who witnessed how the country regressed during their so called stabilizing mission. The gangs who are terrorizing the population became strong, some even came into existence during the years preceding the MINUSTAH’s withdrawal from Haiti, and regained strength following Rene Preval’s term as President of Haiti. President Preval was able to disarm many of the gangs back in 2006-2007, while some hid their guns, waiting for a better atmosphere. Peace was restored then throughout the country until the advent of Martelly and the PHTK, which has led us to where we are. De facto president Jovenel Moise was murdered while still in office and the UN is calling the shots through Claude Joseph, Tiklod as he’s known by impertinent persons.

As in the case of the last major UN intervention in Haiti, a lot of money will flow through persons in charge and end in deep pockets, mainly Haitian businessmen, international procurement experts and those in charge. The international advisors seem to have agreed to let de facto prime minister Joseph be in charge of the country, even though he was recently fired by de facto president Jovenel Moise before the latter was killed. Even though Claude Joseph is seen as someone who should be questioned in the murder of the sitting president, the international community has selected him to lead the government of Haiti. As far as the political sector in the country, it is so deeply divided and subservient to the United States that its members are practically handcuffed. Even the political opposition is divided, with significant antagonism that prevents concerted action. The vast majority of politicians in Haiti have a “Blan” who gives them advice and or orders, along with money, travel perks and financial assistance during elections. So unity and concerted action will not come from that sector unless persons in politics are willing to ignore the “Blan “ and his “help” in the quest for democracy neocolonial style.

The only solution is mobilization of the population with organizations like Nou Pap Domi, Fos Delmas, Petro Challenge, student groups and various youth organizations that are fighting against the destruction of Haitian society and the corruption of values in society. The press in Haiti and abroad is blindly following the plan to remove all decision making from the hands of persons living in the country by choosing puppets to be pulled on a string. After ignoring happenings in Haiti prior to the murder of the sitting president, suddenly Haiti is on front page. Never mind that persons were killed daily in gang led terror campaigns against the population, news from Haiti was suppressed until now.

Haitians living abroad need to really get involved in supporting our home or we will not be able to call it home anymore. The country is sliding in the abyss and unless something is done byHaitians the worse can happen. We need to support all endeavors to restore our independence and take matters into Haitian hands that are truly patriotic and love Justice.

Celebration in 1986 after Duvalier fled

Danse Petro: The President is dead, Long Live The President

In a move reminiscent of the times when monarchs ruled, after de facto president Jovenel Moise was assasinated in the wee hours two days ago Claude Joseph who had recently been fired from his post declared himself King, sorry de facto president. Joseph was supposed to be packing his belongings and vacating the Office of the Prime Minister when he heard the news about the demise of the head of state Jovenel Moise. Rapidly, he called the press to declare himself de facto president, and assumed command of the nation, despite lacking any legitimacy. As Haiti is not a sovereign nation where persons living there decide who is in charge, rather this is done by foreigners feigning to be friends, the UN representative Helen LaLime quickly approved the coup d’Etat as the omnipotent “advisor”. So far, the rest of the “Friends of Haiti”, part of the Core Group of proconsuls, has remained noncommittal, advising their different chosen actors on the scene. The population is in watch mode, with persons mostly staying home, listening to the news on the radio. It is unfortunate that the de facto president was killed in such a manner. His killers and the ones who sent them must be brought to justice, and the nation needs to know all details of this high political crime.

The valiant PNH has arrested a bunch of “mercenaries, they say, who were involved in the killing of former President Moise in Petion-Ville, some in a ghetto called Jalouzi, and they have been shown on social media in the police station. First, the weapons that have been displayed in the capture of supposedly trained mercenaries do not reflect the professional manner which the attack showed. Second, those men who managed to kill the de facto president in his home in a professional operation where they said they were DEA to gain entry and tie up all the security present on site to guard de facto president Moise, those pros were captured easily, a couple by unarmed persons in Jalouzi. This is the same police force and population that is held hostage by gangsters wearing flip flops and shorts. These same valiant police officers are routinely embarrassed and sometimes killed by local gang bangers with little training, yet they quickly located and captured dangerous mercenaries trained to kill. Hummm…

Politicians who want change and fairness in Haiti need to unite with militants and persons to thwart this pseudo monarchy in the making. A man can decide to take the reins of government even though no one voted for him, only in Haiti some will say. Members of the Core Group must be jumping in joy with the prospect of another puppet to manipulate, while mortgaging the future of whole generations. The population must not allow this race to oblivion, as scripted by those behind the new de facto president. This will only lead to disaster because Claude Joseph does not want to hold fair elections to lead Haiti into better times; he is only looking to gain power. He forgets that he was given a letter of dismissal by the former President and he is not legitimate. Haitian people everywhere must not accept this attempt to take over the future of the country.

Looking at the situation, there are only eleven persons who were elected by the population, even though in a sham election, and as a body they have selected Joseph Lambert to be interim president with Ariel Hanry as Prime Minister. Is this going to be the solution to head toward problematic elections? As temporary president, Lambert will have to hold elections this year to fill both chambers of parliament, local mayors and communal representatives, while choosing a new president. That is a tall order for anyone, much less Joe Lambert who has been accused of many things in the past. As for Hanry, he is close to the Martelly clan, and will pave the way for them.

So far there is no reaction from the G 9, the federation of state sponsored gangsters, and like most persons in the population they’re laying low. Their days are numbered anytime the population organizes itself to decide its own future. Both men who are vying to be president of Haiti will not bring a solution to the many problems in the country, starting with thugs in G 9. Most militants who are mobilizing to bring a change in the country want someone in charge who will bring justice and security to the population. Are elections the answer? In the present climate of fear, persecution and gang wars it is impossible to hold free and fair political choices by persons. Both Lambert and Joseph are products of the PHTK, although the Senator has a long history before Martelly and the PHTK came on the scene.

Resistance to the plans concocted for the population must continue with organized efforts to mobilize the population. Movements like Nou Pap Domi, Fos Delmas, Petro Challenge and other grassroots group need to coalesce and seek support from Haitians abroad. Only a concerted effort to help those fighting for justice and a change for the better will bring a better future for the country. We all need to be careful about allowing events to lead us to the wrong conclusions. Only a United front can achieve positive results, but we will have to iron out all differences and unite around a positive approach.

Danse Petro: Adieu Antoinette Duclaire – Resistance onward

Another victim of the ongoing massacre in Haiti. Antoinette Duclaire was killed along with another twenty people on the night of June 29 of this year in the slaughterhouse that Port-au-Prince and its environment have become because of the malevolence of forces backing megalomaniac de facto president Jovenel Moise. Things have become flawed and troubled, as the master plan for Haiti is running into serious opposition, along with actors who have opposite perceptions of who should be in power to control the pie. All of this will result in more targeted killings of militants, journalists, like Diego Charles of Radio Vision 2000 and bystanders by gangs working for factions within the palace and the PHTK.

Nettie, as Antoinette was called, was a jovial and engaged militant who acted as spokesperson for Matris Liberasyon, and also participated with Nou Pap Domi. She represented the leadership of the future in a Haiti free from the quasi slavery imposed on the majority of the population. We remember her when she faced the Minister Gonzague Day during a televised appearance, and set him straight. She showed great courage in the face of many threats from Jovenel, the PHTK and their minions, yet she persevered in the face of evil.

Her murder will galvanize militants all over Haiti and also remind all persons that they could be next. It is time for concerted resistance to the charade called a government that is leading the country to disaster. The selection that is planned as an election this year will fail because the population will not allow it. Already the doomed referendum has been postponed, if not canceled by the masters leading de facto president Jovenel Moise. The plan is to pave the road for the buffoon Martelly who will continue stealing while giving away the future of Haiti. There are many problems with this plan, starting with the divisions in the group of gluttonous partners in the palace and the PHTK. Jovenel is not ready to relinquish power to Martelly and fade in the background with mission accomplished. As each of the factions controls particular gangs by providing guns and ammunition gang war has erupted, and it will continue as long as the fight lasts within the forty thieves.

Bat teneb

Resistance is derailing the plans concocted by Jovenel and his advisors, or I should say handlers. They are resorting to killing persons indiscriminately, but this only brings more resolve. Self preservation is bringing the need for persons to establish their own protection from the bloodthirsty gangsters tied to Jovenel. Militants and honest politicians of the opposition must organize a vast mobilization, as the only path to survival. De facto president Jovenel Moise will seek his assassins on them separately, unless a mobilized population shows him the door.

Danse Petro: Terror Rising / Rezistans

Killings of innocent victims who happen to be in the wrong place are rising all over in Haiti, as de facto president Jovenel is cornered by his ambitions losing ground because reality keeps reminding him that not only is time running out, but also events are going out of control. The illegal referendum appears to have died because resistance all over the country made its realization impossible, and as a result gang wars have erupted. The de facto president is the most reviled holder of power Haiti has ever had. The majority, if not all the population hates him with a passion; only those making money tolerate him, since he allows them to take in lots of money, while he destroys their competitors to give them free reins on the economy. The recent looting of warehouses with tons of food was targeted because of political motives. All the victims just happened to be business persons who did not belong to the mafia that supports de facto president Jovenel Moise. With impunity from justice, gangsters are given free reins to loot and destroy businesses that belong to selected victims, opponents of the regime mostly.

Persons in Port-au-Prince have gone through hell the past weeks. In BelAir the battle is still raging between gangs in the lower area and those in the heights, it is said by many commentators. But in reality it is a politically motivated terror campaign in one of the bastion of resistance against the de facto president and his PHTK gang. Many of the militants who carried on a brave fight against the regime on Champs de Mars lived in BelAir and the area surrounding, like Sanfil and Lower Delmas. By targeting those neighborhoods and cynically burning persons living there out of their homes, the regime is pushing the militants away from the fight to care for their families and friends.

The fire that destroyed the building where the electoral council had their office and headquarters has dealt a death blow to elections before time runs out for de facto president Jovenel Moise. Resistance to elections have intensified all over the country, but because of the violence in Port-au-Prince persons are not talking about it in the media. All the attention is riveted on the gangs who have declared war to anyone they want to target via the so called leader Cherizier, aka BBQ. Breaking in a branch of Soge Bank in Martissant may be a sign of things to come, or the beginning of foreign intervention because Soge is a partner of the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, to apply for a visa to the USA usually you pay for the interview at one of their branches. Martissant is a war zone where fire is being set to houses, cars and bodies, like I said in a previous post, War Zone, and the fight is taking a toll on business persons who do business in the four departments in the south. Business between those departments and the capital is standing still, as gunfire keeps people from going to and forth.

Resistance to the macabre plans concocted for Haiti has intensified, especially away from the capital, in areas that have strong opposition to the de facto president and the PHTK. There is no way elections can happen before year end, so Jovenel can only hold power, like he wants to by unilaterally declaring himself holder of the presidency after February 2022. His mandate ended last February and he has held on to power illegally by using the police force and the gangs to thwart all political and popular opposition. But this is only a stalemate because resistance is stopping any viable elections from being held. Forces behind the de facto president can use crime and violence as an excuse to delay elections, but as in the words of the illustrious Richard Pryor, how long will this bullshit last? The foreign handlers, especially the State Department, are demanding that elections be held, even if only a dozen persons participate. It will be enough to justify alienating a whole population to select a pliable tool.

The PNH has lost many officers this year, and members in the rank and file are not ready to risk their lives for Jovenel. Police participation is key to hold any semblance of an election since officers must provide security in voting places. Presently, the de facto president does not trust the force to do his bidding, so he is trying to weaken the force and replace it with thugs more willing to kill and oppress the population. As I said earlier, the PNH is in all the communes in the country, so plans to replace it will take time and a lot of people. There is not enough time to do this and also hold elections in time, so the next best thing is to put fear and corruption in the force. Within the PNH, the idea of a syndicate is still there, although its proponents must remain hidden to avoid being targeted, like the previous union leaders were. This creates a low morale and unwillingness to act against criminals, leaving the population to fend for itself. More on the PNH in a later post.

Resistance is the key, and it must take many forms with the participation of all who care inside Haiti and in all places where Haitians live.

Danse Petro: War Zone

Persons living in Martissant, Lower Delmas, which is home to some big businesses, BelAir and parts of Bolosse, all of which are heavily populated areas of Port-au-Prince, have been going through a nightmare. Gunfire, a latent war and some heavy handed police actions have forced people to run away from their homes to take refuge anywhere they’re capable of finding. Looking at people running away, on foot, riding on motorcycles, trying to get as far as possible from their homes, while carrying children, babies in some cases, and what they’re able to carry in haste is so sad that it’s heart wrenching. All these persons are fleeing because their homes have become parts of a war zone. Fires have been set to cars, houses, mounds of trash and bodies of those who have fallen to the spiral in violence affecting the north and south entrances of Haiti’s capital. People from Martissant have fled the area because of a fight between gangs entrenched in the ghetto surrounding the national road leading to the four departments in the south. Heavy caliber gunfire is heard in the area and a few people trying to cross the critical zone have been shot, their bodies laying on site, eaten by pigs and dogs. This is some serious graphic stuff, and I hate to talk about it when informing persons about my home. Almost all the population has left Martissant two all the way to twenty three, abandoning their homes in a hurry to take refuge in Carrefour. Many of them are staying at the sports complex in Carrefour, living in squalor with no water to bathe, very little food and at the mercy of the rain. We’re talking about families forced to go through a nightmare because the government of de facto president Jovenel Moise has allowed gangs to take over large parts of the country to support his illegal grab of political power. Jovenel needs the gangs to hold down persons in the ghetto in fear, and stop them from demonstrating, looting and destabilizing his government. Now those gangsters are fighting each other, as their sponsors are also quarreling, fighting for the pie.

In Delmas, according to commentators on a couple of radio stations, like Radio Kiskeya, Radio Zenith and Radio Ibo, among others, the CIMO, a special unit of the Haitian National Police, is shooting up the headquarters of the infamous rogue police officer Jimmy Cherizier, aka BBQ, looking for his head in retaliation for the killing of one of their own. The area was already fragile because of the ongoing fight in Bel Air where a gang called Krache Dife (Spit out Fire) is burning homes and shooting up corridors, streets and people unfortunate enough to be victims of the politically motivated killings. Now lower Delmas is the new war zone from Kafou Avyasyon to Delmas 24. The headquarters for the traffic police is closed and the whole area is barricaded. Businesses in the area, like the wholesale supermarket Mache Ti Tony and some businesses on the Airport Road have been looted by mobs led by the G 9, the federation of gangs led by BBQ. This has caused another exodus of innocent persons caught in a crossfire from a battle between heavily armed combatants. Fire has been set to homes and cars, while the gangs have barricaded the whole area, also venturing to the Airport Road, closing it and causing panic there, while looting some depots with wholesale food.

People fleeing on Nazon

It is impossible to know for sure how many people have fallen victims of this mad violence because the fights are still ongoing as gunfire is heard in the distance and persons are still getting out of there. As all this is happening near the international airport, effectively closing traffic leading to it, and causing cancellation of flights, the government has remained silent, with no public statements. The de facto president and his wife are reported to be in Turkey, enjoying a well deserved vacation, away from the mayhem and despair that has become the norm under his administration. The de facto Prime Minister is silent, probably embarrassed after he declared that the police had control of Martissant. Another incompetent puppet, playing a script handed by Jovenel who is himself on a string pulled by the real power brokers. The past couple of weeks have brought the situation to a nightmare for hundreds who are victims of the war zone. As usual, the press in the U.S. has remained silent on these nightmarish events, keeping the lid on news from Haiti.

De facto president Jovenel Moise is on the last leg of his murderous attempt to become the next dictator in the history of Haiti. Since he is unable to change the constitution to allow himself to run for re-election, Jovenel has little incentive to hold elections. Martelly wants him to hold elections so he can replace the de facto president, as the plan was concocted originally. Perhaps the foreign hand behind the master plan is in favor, so Jovenel is supposed to play along, but he does not want to leave power because he loves it, and he wants to establish a long term dictatorship. Jovenel believes that he has the strength to win the battle for the next mandate. What about the population in this equation? Are the people like cattle, to be led to slaughter by an incompetent fool who thinks that his foreign bosses are like God in granting him power over the millions of persons living in Haiti.

Resistance in most of the country led to the purportedly cancellation of the referendum to change the constitution by the de facto electoral council. From the Grande Anse to the North persons fought against the representatives who came to push the idea of a referendum. In Jean Rabel, notables joined to tell the government emissaries sent to talk about the referendum that they were not welcome in the town. In Jacmel, the reps for the referendum had to take cover, faced with the wrath of a crowd, probably sponsored by Senator Joseph Lambert who has vowed that the constitution will not be changed by an illegal referendum in the Southeast. In Dame Marie and other towns in the Grande Anse, in the spirit of Goman, persons have chased away all who have come to tout the illegal vote. In Saint Marc, militants are mobilized to stop the government’s plan. Perhaps Jovenel and his minion Mathias Pierre who is infamously coordinating the attempt to sabotage the constitution plan to hold the referendum in the Mupanah, the museum on Champs de Mars where the de facto president hangs out on national holidays. With the Dermalog electoral card it will be easy to manipulate results and report one or two million yes votes from Champs de Mars. Easy money, as Mayweather would say. It’s just an exhibition, not a real fight, except that this is serious business affecting the lives of millions.

There needs to be a concerted effort to support resistance in Haiti because the battle must also be waged on the international stage. The international press needs to start telling the truth and stop hiding what’s going on in Haiti. The march in New York City against Jovenel and the PHTK was a good step, but more is needed. The mobilization must also take place in NYC, Boston, Miami, Montreal and in all the communities where we live. Young persons in Haiti are risking their lives in attempts to counter the Ogre’s attempt to destroy the country, give away all our resources, and steal as much as he and his clan can get their hands on. We need to coalesce efforts to support them.