Danse Petro: Kidnapping and Anarchy, New Norm

Businesses are suffering and the social fabric of Haiti is heading down a path of destruction because of a de facto president and his allies stubbornly insisting on maintaining power. Kidnappings and murders happen in broad daylight, as gangs are taking over the country. In Les Cayes today, persons took matters in their own hand to stop the kidnapping of two schoolchildren on their way to school. Women selling in the marketplace saw the action and bombarded the car, which contained the children, with coconuts smashing the windows and allowing police to intervene. This is a good example of the population taking matters in their own hands in a show of unity to defend themselves. But with every heroic action by people in the population, there is also bad news, like the murder of a well known businessman yesterday in Canapé Vert.

On Champs de Mars yesterday, the battle continued between militants throwing rocks and bottles and police officers still supporting the tyrant. The hostilities started in the afternoon when militants set up flaming tires and started throwing rocks, which led to police officers tossing tear gas canisters and firing rubber bullets and real rounds in between. Journalists and onlookers were forced to leave the square, as cops blanketed the area with tear gas. Militants kept throwing rocks and bottles even as they retreated from the tear gas. Another day in the turf war where militants from Petro Challenge and other groups have vowed to resist. A state of anarchy is descending on the country slowly, as education, health, justice and the police force are mired in inescapable doom because of ineptitude, corruption and the rule of gangsters. Bandi legal has become bandits in charge of almost all aspects of public life, shamelessly hiring known musicians to entertain the troops. The only choice to this descent into hell is resistance, like the militants in Champs de Mars are doing.

All progressive persons need to forget their differences and unite to fight this plan concocted by the international community to place the country under tutelage. That’s right, either the U.S., or more likely the Dominican Republic will take over our government and all institutions that rule our daily life. With kidnappings becoming a business, more persons will be affected, and the fear will lead to people longing for any force to stop this macabre existence. The nearly four million persons in a situation where they do not eat enough food everyday to sustain themselves want a better way of life. The price of food is rising beyond what most persons can afford, with one meal a day being quasi normal. As I said in a previous post, by destroying the agriculture Martelly and Moise have managed to starve the population as well as make money for their allies, the food importers. This is the most cynical policy of the past ten years that is leading to famine for the population. Soon the situation will lead to intervention, unless the population is united in a broad front to pull the country out of the mess brought by the bad governance, especially the last ten years.

The first step is the fight against the referendum to change the constitution that is being pushed by de facto president Jovenel Moise. The international community wants to change our constitution to allow the control of Haitian institutions for years to come. By having Jovenel and his cronies in charge of government, while they receive their orders from above, foreigners can control all our resources, mining and human labor force, which will be used and disposed of much like persons during the slave trade. How ironic that the country that fought successfully against slavery has its population reduced to slavery again two hundred years later, ruled by foreign chiefs who decide everything. With Jovenel in power we are not far from that scenario. Soon, the only solution will be total destruction, as Bob Marley used to sing. 1791 may come around once more with the violence and destruction which was the norm then. The only way to avoid this is to unite in a broad coalition to stop the madness.

Danse Petro: Bel Air vs the Ogre

A row of houses burned down, with smoke still wafting in the air; the few people remaining, according to the reporter I heard were there because they had nowhere else to go, with a few claiming to resist. Everyone else had left during that weekend of terror before Easter Sunday when Bel Air became the scene of another massacre of people whose only crime is living in an area where most people oppose de facto president Jovenel Moise. Sarajevo has come to Haiti; snipers are shooting at people who must run through certain areas to get through, much like it was in Bosnia, except on a larger scale back then. We heard persons explaining that a lot of people have been shot by guys from Delmas 2, shooting high powered rifles at anyone going through the street. To get from one area to the next you must run, while ducking low behind walls. The massacre started on Thursday before Easter, as gunslingers from the G9, the federation of gangs allied to the government, came during the night lobbing tear gas, and shooting at people. Persons speaking on radio talk about a night of terror, when they had to run away from home in the middle of the night with bullets flying and houses set on fire. Women grabbed babies and children hiding before running away.

The drama in Bel Air is still going on now with little noise made from media in Haiti and abroad. There is no information on the amount of people killed, some say nearly a hundred as of today, but there is no official number. There are three important police units close to where this is happening, so close that you can walk to Champs de Mars and the presidential palace, yet all through the shooting and cries for help they never reacted. The UN and the Core group of handlers of the de facto president are silent, hiding behind the claim that it was gang violence. All around Champs de Mars, persons have taken refuge once again away from their home, with little in hand.

The police union, the SPNH or Syndicate for the National Police had no choice but put themselves on the side of the opposition to de facto president Jovenel Moise and the illegal Director of Police Leon Charles. Members of the union are being persecuted and put in jail, like Abelson Gwoneg, or in hiding like Yannick Joseph. The police officers are poorly paid, with no benefits to speak of. No medical benefits for them or their family, no insurance if they die on the job; no education stipend for children or even for themselves, no money for uniforms, comfort and well being. So the need for a union to negotiate a better treatment with a pension that is viable is very important, I would even say critical. Police officers need a voice that will represent them in shaping a good contract and better treatment for young men and women who only want to serve their country. By denying them a decent living, the higher ups are forcing them to do bad things to survive and feed their family. Most police officers cannot afford a car on their measly pay, but many of them drive expensive SUVs, makes you wonder.

Seven runs around the palace to purge it of the evil within. That was the goal of the different militant groups fighting de facto president Jovenel Moise this past Wednesday. Seven passes which started well, according to reports. Just like Jericho fell, the evil within this palace will come to pass. The plan in the works is the totally illegal referendum to change the constitution. Jovenel and the PHTK have anointed themselves as the only persons needed to decide the future of the country. They have decided to change the constitution even though everyone else in the country does not agree with them. The majority of associations, almost all the political parties not allied with the PHTK and all the organized religious groups are against this unilateral action by a de facto president who is decried by most. If this referendum passes the international community will rule Haiti for the rest of the century, while the population will starve and look to leave the country. You have to wonder if Haiti still exists as a country, and if Haitians still want to have a home.

Danse Petro: On to 2024

This is a call and a challenge to all of us Haitians to set a goal that will bring some pride in ourselves and in our country. As it is, there is no need to remind you of the many ills affecting Haiti, our mother country, and looking at the situation, things will get worse, unless concerted positive action is taken to stop, and reverse this descent into hell. 2024 will be the two hundred and twentieth year of our independence, gained in 1804 with blood from our ancestors. We need to look at that year, 2024 as the time to show respect to ourselves, our environment and our ancestors. Let us start to gather our strength at all levels and look toward that year, 2024, as a time when Africa and the Caribbean will meet in Haiti to help and enjoy celebrating the two hundred and twentieth year of our revolution, which provided a call for freedom worldwide. It is this call for freedom, back in 1804 which echoed all around the world, and has engineered a coalition of countries, which dominated and are still controlling much of the world to ensure this never happens again. The so called international community stills wants to make us pay for foolishly thinking we could change the world order.

So, there are a lot of people who do not want Haiti to succeed, as a leading country in the Caribbean region. If you look at our geographic location, right in the middle of the Caribbean Islands with all major trade routes around the island, Haiti has the potential to be a major hub for maritime commerce in the area, as well as a gateway to Europe, much like the DR. Unless we look at ourselves and our country in a new way, we stand the risk of wasting generations of our people, as the rest of the world watches us in fake pity, while we’re being stepped on.

We need to set a goal for all of us who favor progress over staying on this suicidal course. I challenge all of us to look toward and beyond 2024. Whatever small action you can do, even talking about it now, in order to plan, let’s make 2024 a year where our country can be clean. You cannot invite people to come stay in your home if you have not cleaned it for awhile. The smell is offensive and you look ugly. As my friend Patrice Douge can attest, Haiti is a beautiful country, and from Grande Anse to Cap Haitien, he has taken beautiful pictures, some of which have been published. Patrice is a great photographer who needs to share more of his work with the rest of us, and he can attest to the physical beauty of our home, along with the beautiful people who live there. So let’s clean our country. This should be the first step toward bettering ourselves. I would like for all readers of this blog to think about joining a effort to stop the country from always being full of garbage, unchecked and unprocessed. I know you may think I’m going crazy, or wasting my breath, but there comes a time when we need to look in the mirror and hate what we see.

2024. Let’s challenge ourselves to bring change to a population that really needs it in order to truly be in the twenty first century. Three years to start a new revolution of the body and of the mind. It should be a year that either begins or continues huge work sites to build an environment that will help make the country not only a place where persons can live in dignity, but a place that will attract investors and cutting edge development. We have a lot of human capacities and abilities in Haiti and in the diaspora, so why is our country doing so badly? There is a reservoir of young persons ready and wanting to build a new country where they can live and contribute, rather than survive with no dignity.

2024. This is a goal we should set for all Haitians to come together and make our environment a nice place to live. A place we will invite the world to come celebrate our show of respect to our ancestors who fought to give us this beautiful land. Time to step back and stop going down. Time to clean up the garbage and remove all things that deface the environment and make our country unhealthy. Garbage brings bad health and ruins the environment. This should be our first effort toward 2024. Let’s clean up. We must look at cleaning our minds after we clean our streets, parks, rivers and beaches. Haiti needs all of us included in a massive joint effort to change our focus from denigrating ourselves to appreciating and loving ourselves. Starting with our language, Haitian Creole, which I prefer to call Haitian, continuing with our music and artistic talent we are a beautiful people with gorgeous creativity that only needs a catalyst to explode, just like the butterfly coming out of its shell into life. We must clean our minds after bathing our country.

Danse Petro: No to New Con-stitution – From Champs de Mars with Love

Two days of resistance to the nefarious plan to starve millions of persons in Haiti, giving respect to those that fought, and lived to fight another day. On Champs de Mars people gathered, marched and later on militants fought police all afternoon for two days, Sunday and Monday March 28 and 29 of this year to reject plans by forces seen and unseen to change the constitution of Haiti and open the country to disaster for the rest of the century. Not just on Champs de Mars, but everywhere in the country people came out to denounce this plan concocted not by Jovenel Moise but by forces in the international community who are keeping their pawn in power. Despite most of the population dead set against the de facto president, he is able to hang on setting up his plan of staying in power for life probably. Duvalier did it he figures, why not him? After all it was U.S. support through the military that allowed Francois Duvalier to be selected by the powerful. It is very doubtful that votes were counted fairly in an election controlled by the then powerful Haitian Army. By changing the constitution according to the blueprint provided by experts from the State Department, Jovenel Moise wants to remain in power indefinitely, with the help of his handlers. If anyone thinks that this man who says that only God has more power than he does will step down in 2022 they are mistaken. This is a man on a mission to use the international community’s support to set himself up in the ivory tower, on top of the devastation, for as long as he is able to; by all means available.

Militants showed up to defend the constitution in many parts of the country and this fight needs to continue and gain support. Jovenel is getting more confident and pushing his pieces across the board. By staying in hiding and letting the police do the dirty work, he is putting in place a constitution to let him plunder, and allow international exploitation of all riches in the country. People in Haiti have been famished and reduced to living day to day mostly because of the extraordinary high cost of living. With that in mind Jovenel’s handlers know that the population cannot sustain a long strike or extended civil disobedience because people have to eat. By destroying the agricultural sector during Martelly and now Moise in power, the oligarchs control the food supply. Again, people have to eat, so they have to get stuff by allowing the economic life to proceed. This strategy may work for awhile for the wannabe dictator and his allies, but eventually a population famished, and without hope will start burning and looting as a last resort.

It is impossible to actually look at Haiti and wonder if the country has reached the bottom. Because things can and will get worse than they are now. With over four million persons barely able to eat once a day, and not enough to remain healthy, people will start dying of various diseases because of a weak system. By starving a good part of the population those in power are pushing a cynical agenda; since the people are poor and there are many, let a good amount die, then it will be easier to control the rest. Of course, I’m not suggesting that this is the agenda that is in play, but it seems logical that the results of this Machiavellian plot to put and keep the PHTK in power is going to end with massive amount of persons dying.

Free Abelson

By putting most of the leaders of the SPNH, the newly formed police union in Haiti, in jail, the head of the police has allied himself to the de facto president against almost all police officers. The rank and file police officers were recently dishonored by bandits in Village de Dieu, a slum in the Southern entrance of Port-au-Prince with the de facto president and the police chief actively ensuring their defeat. This was done to let the police force know that their place is to fight peaceful demonstrations, not bother gangs working for the PHTK. By putting all the syndicate leaders in jail or on a wanted list, like Yanick Joseph who was recently fired from the PNH, the head of the police and the palace are telling police officers that they are worth nothing. To be used and tossed to the wolves if need be. Recently, in Carrefour Feuilles, relatives and friends of police officer Abelson Groneg are demanding that he be released from jail. Abelson was a leader and an original member of the SPNH, because of that he must be eliminated. Jovenel wants to dismember the police force and allow him to reshape it to his liking. He must destroy the syndicate and put the rank and file in a position of depending on him to survive. Friends and relatives of Abelson do not have much time before he suffers a bad fate. They must keep pressure on the pavement, or resign themselves to losing him.

While a huge amount of persons answered the call to show Jovenel Moise and the world that they reject all attempts to change the constitution and their way of life, the international press kept its usual silence. The NY Times talked about China, Myanmar, Mozambique, but nothing on Haiti. As far CNN and the other networks mum was the word. It’s as if things are going swell there with fantastic governance and a great quality of life. It is up to us living here to spread the word, and maybe let the news out before it gets worse. Let’s lift the lid of news from Haiti any way we can, and it will help support those fighting the beast.

Danse Petro: Sinister Plot – Infighting

Recent events in Haiti have shown a marked degradation of the PNH, the Haitian National Police, which supposedly is the only legal force tasked with maintaining order and protecting the population from criminals. Of course we all know that the PNH is not the only group with weapons working for the government. De facto president Jovenel Moise is hell bent on taking complete control of all the institutions of importance in the country. If that means destroying or rendering the institution ineffective, as he has done with Parliament and the judicial branch, then it is what is. As I’ve just said the wannabe dictator has a lot of henchmen under arms, starting with the dubious restoration of the army, a minute amount of men dressed in olive green who have little training, save for shooting at civilians. Then you have the team for the protection of the environment and protected areas. This is a ragtag group of civilians with rifles and handguns who are spread out throughout the country, serving the president and themselves occasionally. Another group of men with weapons is the newly created and shadowy intelligence agency, the ANI, which is an illegal entity at the service of the De facto president. All these groups were created not to help the police protect the population, but to help the wannabe dictator ensure he has a “force de frappe” to do his dirty work. Of course Jovenel has also enrolled the G 9 to control the people living in the slums, which are spreading and becoming living areas for the majority of a displaced population. So as Jovenel Moise once said, if you get rid of me what about all these persons with weapons in the country, what will you do with them? The de facto president said that almost a year ago, so his replica of the Macoutes from the Duvalier era is growing. This brings us to the PNH and its recent travails.

Now for de facto president Moise, the target is the PNH, which is shaken and battered by all kinds of bad happenings for a long time now, but this situation was made worse by efforts to either control it from the palace or break it down, as we witness recent events. All over the world, when police officers encounter lethal force, and call for back up, other officers from near and far converge to rescue their comrades, and show the persons firing on them that they control all parts of the country. In Jamaica, a few years back when the renown gang leader Dudus defied the police and the Jamaican Defense Force, he had to give up or watch the killing of a massive amount of people in Tivoli Gardens, the neighborhood he was hiding in. A government cannot allow areas to fall out of its control, unless they work hand in hand with those gangsters. When police officers called for back up before they were slaughtered by gangsters in the Village de Dieu, no one showed up to provide help to them. It looked like it was a sinister plan to embarrass the PNH.

By putting Leon Charles in charge of the PNH, de facto president Moise moved to make the police force his tool to crush all peaceful or non peaceful demonstrations by persons against his regime. Also Charles was fired from the PNH back in 2004 for organizing death squads within the force, using them to spread a reign of terror in the slums. Now he is back to do the bidding of the highest bidder, stopping the police from truly challenging the gangs, and letting kidnappings take place with no reprisal for the perpetrators. This is bringing corruption in the PNH because police officers work hand in hand with gangsters to do the bidding of the persons in power, while also making extra money in kidnappings, either by participating actively, or providing logistics. The majority of the police officers want to remain honest and back away from the corruption, but the incentives and money to participate or look the other way pull many of them in.

The recent clash between police officers demonstrating for better conditions in the PNH with the Fantom 509, the group that takes to the streets shooting, blocking traffic and burning state owned vehicles, left an officer dead, and showed the deep division in the force fostered by the hierarchy and the palace folks. The rank and file officers in the PNH want a salary that is worthwhile because presently the average salary for a police officer in Haiti is around 350 U.S. dollars a month, a pittance with the cost of living very high. So, the police officers want to start a syndicate, the SPNH to look out for their interest, and raise their salary. This has led to many of these officers in the syndicate getting arrested for trumped up charges to kill the syndicate. The hierarchy does not want a syndicate that will force them to respect officers rights and stop using gangsters with police uniforms. This has led to the police putting honest officers in prison, while the force loses credibility. This also has led to police fighting police in the streets, further weakening the force. It looks like the PNH will change from a judicial associate of the judiciary to a rogue force . Only resistance can stop this sinister plan. The upcoming three days of resistance will continue the fight versus dictatorship.

Danse Petro: Increased Mobilizing

Well we can say it’s been quite a week in Haiti, which ends today with more expressions of rebellion to Jovenel Moise and his backers.

Hash tag went viral worldwide

Make no mistake, de facto president Moise does not have any redeeming qualities as some kind of messiah, ready to lead a multitude to salvation. Barely one percent of the population actually is behind Jovenel Moise and the PHTK not because these persons believe in him, but because they make money and gain advantages from this association. It’s the backing from the international community and the big business leaders like Apaid, Bigio and Deeb which allows the de facto president to hold on to the presidency despite being disliked to the point of hatred by almost all persons in Haiti and the diaspora. Already there are cracks in the support from the United States, Canada and the European Union because even though the news blackout has held on Haiti, concerned groups with political clout, like the Black Congressional Caucus, and other members of Congress, with pressure groups in Canada calling for the Canadian government to stop supporting the wannabe dictator.

This Sunday in Cap Haitien a large group of demonstrators is demanding information on one of their own, a police officer, member of Swat, killed or missing in action after the ill fated raid on Village de Dieu on Friday, March 12, when the police force was thoroughly humiliated by gangsters organized in that slum. The demonstration started in Haut du Cap and has drawn a huge amount of militants, men in martial arts uniform and young people, all demanding about the missing police officer.

At the same time in Carrefour, suburb of Port-au-Prince, another demonstration is calling for an end to persecution of the police force and the destitution of de facto president Moise. Many militants joined with opposition politicians from MOPOD, Kafou grassroots groups and Petro Challengers answered the call of former Mayor Yvon Jerome to demonstrate against the kidnapping of the political leadership. This display of resistance from different parts of the country follows a week of tensions and opposition to Jovenel Moise and his backers all over. All week in Champs de Mars students from the State University and militants erected barricades and burned tires to show resistance to the budding dictator. They threw rocks and bottles and battled police who did not manifest their usual ardor, demoralized as they were. The Fantom 509, the shadowy group of police officers and backers hit the pavement on different occasions, while as a show of defiance people hit on metal poles, cars and motorcycles had their horns blaring and people made noise, bat teneb, a tradition to show popular displeasure for three days Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Different streets and national roads had persons erecting barricades and using trucks to block traffic on at least three days during the week in Delmas and Grand Goave. In Les Cayes persons also told Jovenel to beat it because his mandate is over.

In Cap Haitien the demonstration has grown, with more persons joining the march, many of them police officers demanding justice and respect for their comrades who died. There are reports that the authorities paid a large sum of U.S. dollars to recuperate the armor plated vehicle taken by the Village bandits, the reported amount varies from 30 to 80 thousand dollars, but did not even seek to recuperate the bodies of the five police officers killed in the raid. This report has enflamed the rank and file policemen and the population has followed behind to call for the ouster of President Moise. Everywhere in the country persons are pissed off that Jovenel and his allies are arming bandits to kill police officers and terrorize people in the country. The wannabe dictator is presiding over a disaster in the making, as the economy crumbles, persons cannot find jobs and want to emigrate en masse, and the youth is lost. Demonstrators in Cap are demanding an end to the nightmare and the body of their fallen son. Many young people are present, sad and determined, asking for the body, expressing solidarity to all the persons affected by the loss.

Today, the international community needs to allow Haitian people the opportunity to choose their own leaders and elect persons of their choosing. All of us Haitians everywhere need to let the whole world know that we’ve had enough of their help which is driving us down the tubes. As a friend told me a couple of days ago, we need a program that will allow us to come together and push for change in Haiti. Change that will benefit the most and stop our young people from wanting to leave at any cost.

Danse Petro: Burning Pavement – Plunging Roller Coaster

Jovenel Moise wants to hang on in power at all cost, even as the country crumbles around him. This Wednesday March 17 looks like a replay of this past Monday when tires burned, streets were blocked all around town in Port-au-Prince and Delmas causing schools to close rapidly and people to rush home.

This morning, many areas around Haiti have woken up with a lot of tension, with the Delmas road barricaded with tires in a couple of places creating panic. At Kafou Rezistans the intersection is blocked with barricades and tires burning, creating a huge amount of smoke. Schools have closed in the area and parents are seen running around to get their children home. Same situation in Tabarre and at the Gerald Bataille intersection where the usuallly busy area is host to tires burning and a locked area. Militants of Fos Delmas and other groups in the area have risen up to block the commune and protest because of the situation the country is in. The police is not reacting to the mayhem because their morale is low as a result of last Friday’s failed operation in Village de Dieu. Everyone in the country is starting to see that de facto president Jovenel Moise is destroying the police force, and turning the country over to the gangs in order to remain in power.

All over town, barricades with tires burning are hindering traffic causing a de facto work stoppage, as all schools around Delmas, Tabarre, Avenue Lamartiniere, Frere, National Road no. 1 around Santo and La Plaine have closed quickly. Militants are all over, demanding an end to Jovenel, and expressing solidarity to the fallen police officers. A large group of police officers gathered at the Police Academy at Frere and started a march down the Frere Road followed by a crowd of demonstrators. As of this writing a huge crowd followed them, as they were at Gerald Bataille.

Truck blocking passage

Early afternoon, and things in Port-au-Prince / Delmas and Carrefour have really deteriorated with police officers followed by a huge crowd of demonstrators taking over the police station at Delmas 33 to free some of their comrades held in cells there. They ransacked the station, breaking windows and throwing everything on the ground. After freeing their comrades, the crowd of demonstrators and police officers continued on. At the airport road fire was set inside the Universal Motors dealership after demonstrators ransacked the office. Fortunately, fire fighters showed up to extinguish the fire. No traffic on the normally busy airport road because of burning tires and a tension in the air.

Since this morning, a barricade on a bridge in the area of Grand Goave has blocked traffic from the southern departments. Persons there have set up burning tires with branches and other materials to stop traffic demanding support for the fallen police officers. In Petit Goave, further to the South, the national highway is also blocked by demonstrators; the roller coaster is plunging on a downward leap fueled by De Facto President Moise and his incompetence. All around the fake president and at key posts in the country you find incompetent fools there only to please their boss, while all aspects of the country are failing badly.

In Cap Haitien many police officers have joined a demonstration paralyzing traffic and causing all schools and businesses to close. There, they are also demanding that Jovenel stop destroying the police force. The normally peaceful town is up in arms, as militants have joined the police officers out on the pavement fighting their hierarchy and the de facto president. No one knows when the roller coaster will stop its plunge, but at present the future of the country looks bleak. Young persons all over are in despair, watching their home grind to a standstill because of a fake de facto president and thugs masquerading as politicians in the PHTK want to continue living the life, while millions starve and a whole generation has no life to speak of.

As we head toward disaster in this most important time of our history, there needs to be a rebirth among all of us. Wether in Haiti or the diaspora, all persons must look within themselves and find the strength to come together and fight for our homeland. Malevolent forces of evil are looking to take over our future in Haiti and make our birthplace a hell on earth, and only a concerted effort by all concerned will stop them. Time is short; we must act soon, or it will be too late.

Danse Petro: Crumbling Society

Today, twelfth day of March this year, all indices point to a complete decline in all aspects of life in Haiti. As if on a terrifying roller coaster, people live day by day, stressed while expecting the worse. The past couple of days persons in Petit Goave, a town reputed for the feast of Notre Dame in August and home of the world famous Dous Makos, have blocked the National Road to the South because of the kidnapping of a well known person. The demonstrators have closed all schools and businesses in town to demand the release of their peer taken near Port-au-Prince this past weekend. So goes life in Haiti these days. At the entrance of Port-au-Prince today, if you’re coming or going South, forget it. A battle is raging in Village de Dieu, a slum between the sea and the National Road no. 2, where heavily armed bandits are exchanging fire with units from the national police, the HNP, more on that later.

Last Sunday, once again, a massive demonstration gathered thousands of persons in Port-au-Prince, answering a call from workers in the medical profession who were tremendously angry about the killing of Doctor Pady, a pediatrician who was targeted by kidnappers, and the murder of a nurse. Early in the day doctors and medical personnel started gathering on Rue St Honore by the General Hospital and by 10:30 many militants were also present.on scene – “Doctors and nurses are here because Dr Pady was killed by kidnappers….we’ve had enough of this insecurity…..”, a militant was heard saying. Some of the militants usually seen on Champs de Mars joined the demonstration talking about a fellow called Matthieu who they said was Jovenel’s associate, as he has been arrested by DEA, and taken to the U.S. to face justice. Some persons put barricades of flaming tires in front of the Hospital barring traffic, as the crowd gathered peacefully. Before long many political leaders started showing up with militants bearing banners demanding respect for the constitution and many people calling for the removal of de facto president Moise the chief kidnapper with his accomplice Magalie Habitant…

Militants from Fanmi Lavals, Pitit Desalin and AAA were present to support the doctors, “down with Jovenel” they chanted.

Reporter and commentator on Radio TV Caraibes Jean M. Metellus was there. He said, “ Jovenel has to leave office…. I will always be on pavement when democracy is threatened.” Also, Emmanuela Douyon from Nou Pap Domi present for the march demanded police provide security to the population and further added that the president mandate is over.

In the afternoon Sunday a huge crowd of demonstrators met at Kafou Aeropo with the group of demonstrators led by doctors from Rue St Honore and those who had started in Delmas meeting. By late afternoon the demonstration ended in Canapé Vert, with militants and others vowing to continue mobilizing, while on Champs de Mars rocks thrown by militants and tear gas thrown by men from in uniform formed the back drop.

As we have stated in the title, all indicators are red, signaling a complete descent to unheard of poverty, famine for thousands and a complete dismemberment of the fabric of society in Haiti today. It seems that all reins of society are in the hands of bandits, criminals, amateur incompetent fools and rapacious politicians with no training. The situation is drastic because the system of disguised slavery has outlived its existence. People in the country are fast approaching the point of no return where significant parts of the population will go on a destructive rampage because there is no alternative. Today, Emmanuela Douyon of Nou Pap Domi and Rose Auguste, a cadre in the RNDDH, a militant human rights organization in Haiti, testified and told the truth to a committee in the United States Congress where elected members listened. Wether that will bring a change in policy toward Haiti is debatable, but at least some of the truth about what is going on in the country is coming to the forefront. And today violence and mobilization are in the mix.

In the Southern entrance of Port-au-Prince today a battle raged between units of the HNP and bandits from Village de Dieu and Gran Ravin. Reports from the area are sad and critical, it seems that up to five police officers were killed and their bodies defiled; there are clips of these gruesome acts circulating on social media. Bandits are seen celebrating on an armored vehicle used by police. Police officers were heard pleading for reinforcements and help, while heavy caliber gun shots could be heard in the area. It seems the operation ended with police officers retreating, leaving their comrades killed or seriously wounded in the hands of the bandits.

Police vehicle captured

This is evidence of poor planning by a police force that is more interested in gassing and shooting at unarmed demonstrators than performing serious training for operations requiring skill and intelligence. The bandits are as heavily armed as the HNP and they benefit from being home. If the police wants to defeat them they cannot just show up with no intelligence from trained observation coupled with up to date information. I will not go into details of this drama, but the rank and file in the HNP needs to think about their situation and act accordingly. Politicians with the government along with big importers and businessmen controlling the economy are the ones who give weapons and ammunition to arm groups of criminals. The police, which is tasked with controlling and defeating those criminals, is in a position where police officers are going to be victims, used as pawns by politicians and killed by criminals allied with the same politicians. With no one to protect it, the population is in the hands of legal and not so legal bandits to do as they please. Resistance is the only salvation. People need to figure out alternatives to protect themselves from criminals both in government and in their neighborhoods. The only solution to help this country avoid complete collapse is to fight for change, fight for a second independence.

Danse Petro: Programmed Selection

Corruption is the main driving force in Haiti today. It starts at the top of course, but it has permeated all aspects of social and economic life in the country. It is quasi normal to pay a public employee, or a public official, to get all kinds of services. From the president to the clerk manning a post providing services all government workers can be bought or stimulated to give preferential treatment to those willing to pay. As a throng of people stand in line to perform a transaction at the bank, those connected persons with large accounts or government jobs skip ahead of the line merrily, oblivious to the plight of the less fortunate. In the courts, many judges are there for the highest bidder. It starts with the clerk of the court who tells the lawyer how much he needs to pay to win his case. Sometimes the clerk will bypass the lawyer altogether, dealing directly with the client and bringing the money to the judge, minus his share of course. Many Haitians living abroad have lost money and land to these crooked corrupt members of the courts in Haiti. Fake deeds and ownership papers for plots of land are used to dispossess people of their property, as corruption has peaked under the PHTK regimes.

At the top, President Jovenel Moise and his wife are like cash registers, sucking in the money unabashedly. What happened to all the funds that were given to fight Covid 19 by the U.S. government back in March of last year? After the president and his wife made a grand show of going to the airport to show a couple of plane loads of medical supplies, nothing else was heard, and the money was vacuumed in quietly. As for the supplies we saw on TV, they were never heard of again, probably resold somewhere, who knows? They surely did not show up at any public hospital because last we heard the whole public health system is collapsing, even though Haiti was spared of a high number of Covid 19 cases. The University Hospital, commonly known as the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince is still not rebuilt, as millions earmarked for its rejuvenation were sucked in and laundered under President Martelly.

President Jovenel Moise started his career as a money laundering wannabe expert in Port-de-Paix back during the presidency of Michel Martelly who chose him as his successor. Both Michel Martelly and Jovenel Moise were selected as President of Haiti in succession by the U.S. State Department with tacit approval by the UN and the other countries who make up the Core Group. Under the guise of elections controlled by the United Nations Operations Section – UNOPS – in terms of logistics, Martelly was chosen by the U.S. State Department even though he came fifth or maybe lower in the first round. Jovenel Moise was appointed directly by the UN through their logistical handling of ballots and a minuscule voter turnout. As elections in Haiti have always been tainted by corruption, it was easy for the foreigners, here in the country to help, to manipulate the voting and place who they wanted in power at all levels, not just the executive. Many of the members of parliament were also selected to allow easier control of the legislative branch, with money changing hands of course.

After a week where tensions were high in the country, demonstrations are planned Sunday in Port-au-Prince and most major towns in Haiti. After the massive crowds that held the pavement last Sunday, militants are hoping the same turnout will be there to show to the world and the would be dictator that Haiti rejects dictatorship and the path that will destroy our society. During the week students demonstrated in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday and Friday near the FASCH on Avenue Christophe. In Mariani, locals shut down the National Road to the South with barricades and burning tires to demonstrate for the return of a notable person kidnapped by bandits. Resistance to Jovenel Moise and his kidnapping of the presidency of the country is continuing. It has been peaceful resistance with little violence so far, as people all over the country showed their disapproval by “bat teneb” when people banged on poles, pots and anything metallic to make noise, while drivers honked their horns and motorcycles beeped all together at noon on Friday to tell Jovenel that he must leave. Pictured above, a close collaborator of President Moise and a gang leader involved in kidnapping, so we can say another acolyte of the president and his wife, both were deported to face judicial proceedings in the United States. The fellow called Matthieu had identification which allowed access to the presidential palace and the inner office. He was often seen dealing in plantains for Jovenel Moise in his company; according to the U.S. DEA he was using exports activities associated with plantains to send cocaine to the United States. Hummm…Interesting.

It is time for things to change in Haiti, starting with the president and the rest of parliament. Then, we need to really clean the police force, and instill a new mentality in society where honesty is at the forefront. With a new beginning we can hope to rid our country of the cancer eating away at the core of our values, while forcing our youth to prostitute themselves to survive. Only a fresh wind of change can air out this cesspool of crime, rape and murder, and make us a country to be proud of. Of course, the international media is staying mum and quiet about events going on in Haiti. It is up to us to tell people that all is not well with a wannabe dictator and forty thieves corrupting the country.

Danse Petro: State Sponsored Kidnappers

The recent soap opera featuring the kidnapped citizens from the Dominican Republic and the Haitian interpreter with them shows the state sponsoring behind the kidnappings. After threats of direct intervention from the DR by special forces units the kidnapped victims were shown relaxing, bathing and drinking Prestige. It looked like they were vacationing in Gran Ravine, the neighborhood under the control of a powerful gang. According to a report from Augusma, the interpreter taken then, they were forced to look like they were vacationing by the kidnappers and given new clothes because of pressure from Dominican authorities. Why would gangsters care about that unless they have direct contact with Haitian authorities? The end of the saga featured Magalie Habitant, a supporter of the PHTK and de facto president Jovenel Moise.

Ms. Habitant picked up the released kidnapped victims after they were let go, then she brought them to “someone” who took them to the Judicial Police. There they were interrogated for awhile before being allowed to go. First, the obvious question is how did Ms. Habitant become involved with kidnappers. She claims to be helping the “someone” who contacted her to go get the victims. Second, how come she has no fear to drive and pick up victims of a kidnapping. She did not contact the police for protection, so we must assume she had no fear of being taken herself. I believe she is part of a shadow cabinet working for President Moise, just like Fednel Monchery, former director of the Ministry of Interior who is wanted for the massacre in Lasalin. Monchery also runs a cabinet in the shadows for the president. As for Jimmy Cherizier, leader of the G9, he is the muscle.

Nou Pap Domi

Militants from the grassroots organization were very active, and fully participated in the March that took place this past Sunday. Nou Pap Domi was seen on Champs de Mars, along with Reginald and the Petro Challengers, launching the demonstration. Lately though there has been some confusing news regarding the movement. First, a person claiming to represent Nou Pap Domi in the diaspora is publicizing her participation in a session talking about the upcoming attempt by the de facto president to change the constitution. The person is not someone who has been known as a member of the group, and I doubt that Nou Pap Domi would associate with this. Second, a recent report has said that Nou Pap Domi is becoming a political party. The group needs to clarify those reports and either clearly talk about this turn in their ideology, or denounce these attempts to sabotage the movement. We want to support all young militants who are fighting for justice and economic empowerment for the population of Haiti.