Danse Petro: Eleven days into anarchy

It’s the new lucrative business that is pushing the population further into rejection of the situation in Haiti now. Kidnapping starts at the top. The executive office has been kidnapped by Jovenel Moise who has arrived at the end of his legal mandate since February 7. A de facto president has kidnapped the office with the help of a rogue police chief and the Core Group of international diplomats assigned to Haiti, led by the U.S. State Department. All the other branches of government have been silenced, and at the level of the judicial branch the highest court has also been kidnapped by the de facto president who arrested one of the sitting judges despite the latter’s immunity from arrest, and illegally dismissed three of the judges in that court, the Cour de Cassation, which is Haiti’s Supreme Court. So at two of the highest level of government, the executive and the judicial, Jovenel has kidnapped the power using force, but his hold on the country is tenuous at best.

Militants at sit in before PAP U.S. Embassy

The opposition is fueling resistance to the coup d’Etat by pushing mobilization and stoking the fire smoldering beneath the surface. As of this writing calm has returned to most towns in the provinces with a few school children in the streets after a Sunday where demonstrations brought out huge crowds in the streets in many towns. That day in Port-au-Prince a battle raged on the Delmas road when police barred the planned demonstration from going past Delmas 33. The bulk of demonstrators turned into Delmas 32 to make their way to Bourdon, but rocks started to rain on police, or I should say men in uniform because they are supporting an illegal action, and they fired tear gas everywhere around. This battle lasted until it seemed that the men in uniform retreated under a hail of stones and left the area to militants who promptly lit tires, barricading the road, claiming a short lived victory.

As of this post, in Port-au-Prince students are demonstrating and setting up barricades in front of the Universite de Port-au-Prince on Rue Rivière, and the Faculte de Linguistique Appliquee on Rue Dufort because their peers have been kidnapped. For the past three days students at the Universite of PAP on Rue Rivière, a small private university, have burned tires, set up barricades and had tear gas thrown at them by police because a popular Professor at the school was taken by bandits. Since then, students from the school have braved the pavement to demand the release of the educator. As usual, men in uniform have tossed tear gas in the area, while shooting in the air.

At the Faculte de Linguistique Appliquee, a branch of the Universite d’Etat d’Haiti where I taught journalism for over six years, students are demanding the release of Ti Neg, one of their peer who was kidnapped with two citizens of the Dominican Republic, while working on a media shoot. The street in front of the Faculte is blocked with chairs, rocks and burning tires. All these young people are demanding that Jovenel Moise leave the Office of the President of Haiti because his mandate is up. Anarchy is slowly overtaking all semblance of normalcy, and Jovenel is unable to hide it from the world.

The de facto president embarrassed us Haitians once again by visibly lying to a skeptical audience of diplomats, while on a zoom session with United Nations Representatives. Jovenel tried to say that everything was going great and under control, but with some pointed questions from those attending he looked like a liar. He was made to look small. The Core Group is running the show for the government of Haiti, and this pitiful performance by Jovenel Moise only reinforces that. And this is the guy with no worthwhile skills who wants to become a dictator for the next decades; as he said before only God can take this power away from him. It is up to Haitians everywhere to prove him wrong and save what’s left of our home and of our pride.

In Gonaives, resistance to the kidnapping of the country is strong, with Raboto at the center of the rejection of Jovenel Moise. This morning men in uniform tried to enter the neighborhood to suppress the movement there to no avail. Shots were heard all morning, according to media reports, and the cops had to retreat. It is a harbinger of what will come to the persons trying to install dictatorship in the country. Whether from Gonaives and its militants, the students in Port-au-Prince hitting the pavement, as they did on Monday, or militants from the Petro Challenge on Champs de Mars, or also lawyers in towns the country, resistance to this illegal kidnapping of our country will not let up. Everyone needs to join the struggle as much as they can to form a huge movement for our second independence.

Danse Petro: Tale of Two Countries

As Haiti is entering anarchy, and people in many towns are fighting the police, de facto, illegal president Jovenel Moise escaped to Port-de-Paix, a town in the Northwest to watch carnival celebrations. In Port-au-Prince nearly a million people took to the streets to fight against the would be dictator who is starving the population, ruining the economy and allowing his allies to reap millions of dollars. Many persons in the media, like Lilianne Pierre Paul from Radio Kiskeya, and others from the political realm marched to reject the apprentice dictator. Former Senator Antonio Cheramy was proudly marching, and he said that in no way would he participate in a carnival celebration with the dictator. Petion-Ville became a war zone when the demonstrators split into groups, tossing stones, burning tires and battling police. Of course, the president hid in Port-de-Paix, while his troops fought the population in Port-au-Prince, Gonaives and Arcahaie, while the same day persons in Les Cayes voiced their rejection of Jovenel.

These are dark times in the country because almost all the population rejects the would be dictator Jovenel Moise and his band of thieves. The population is near starvation, we’re talking about over six million persons facing famine in the country, and in the meantime the vultures are plucking all the money they can steal. Social media is exploding with the news that a PHTK Senator named Ronny Celestin bought a house in Canada for four and a half million dollars for his wife and children. You have to wonder how a public servant in name only can afford such luxury, but this is only the beginning if we allow this murderous gang of thieves to continue oppressing the population. Strengthened by seemingly unwavering support from the Core Group of foreign countries with the U.S. in the lead, Jovenel Moise did not stay in the capital to try to solve pressing problems like all schools being closed since the beginning of the month because of insecurity, or kidnappings affecting persons in all walks of life, or the criminal gangs who took over two police stations in the south entrance of Port-au-Prince yesterday; no, the president went to party in carnival in Port-de-Paix, one of the poorest towns in Haiti, and clown around with his wife, while both wore golden crowns. We are talking about a man with a low IQ, and very little in terms of capacities or abilities, the perfect little puppet for those holding the strings. The UN mission in Haiti, it changes name so often, no need to use a new one; so the UN in Haiti has backed the OAS in saying that President Moise can stay until 2022. They must have voted for him if they feel so strongly about it. I was in Haiti during the election which produced Jovenel Moise and almost all members of the parliament. Most people did not vote, and of those who did very few voted for Jovenel and the PHTK. The population had little use for them, and today a huge amount of persons are ready to fight against this theft of democracy. It has gone too long, starting with the disaster of Martelly, and continuing with the nightmare that is Jovenel Moise.

Two towns in the country had carnival celebrations during these dark tumultuous times: Port-de-Paix and Jacmel; and this allowed Jovenel Moise to act as if everything was fine in the country. Former president Michel Martelly used the occasion to get on a float and embarrass persons of Haitian ancestry by reminding them that he had been President of their country, a clown on a float spewing curses, inanities and crude sexual references. This was the canvas in Port-de-Paix with thousands of people not wearing masks pressed against each other, sweating, getting drunk with no thoughts of covid 19 spreading. A week before that, in Jacmel, the same orgy of decibels, with hundreds pressed against each other mask less, spreading Covid. The worst thing about this display of blind search for enjoyment by thousands of people in both towns was the attitude of some musicians participating in the carnival. All while the rest of the country was demonstrating against the de facto dictator, and Champs de Mars was a battlefield with students and young militants fighting men in uniform who tossed tear gas and fired guns, with rocks and bottles; these artists gushed about Jovenel and his victory on the population, practically kissing his butt and bowing to the king and queen. A sad display by Fantom, Roro of Djakout, Roberto of T Vice, and even Roger Eugene, aka Shoubou, as they needlessly praised a total incompetent who is suspected of massacres and the murder of Monferrier Dorval, the Head of the Bar Association of PAP. In 2004 these same individuals refused to play in the carnival then, claiming that even though it was the bicentennial year for the country former President Jean Bertrand Aristide was bad for the country. So this year they have braved Covid 19 to suck up to Jovenel Moise since he is such a great leader developing the country. This is the kind of attitude and mentality that is allowing one of the worst dictatorship in the continent to establish itself unless the people can rally and overcome. Persons should not forget the actions of these artists who claim to represent our culture, and ensure that we stop going to their performances until they apologize at least for their actions.

Core Group, green eyes, heart from hell

Danse Petro: Rezistans

In Haiti, the would be dictator tries to strengthen his hold on the presidency, but across the nation young militants are fighting against him, vowing to resist until the end. In Port-au-Prince students from universities and militants drew a huge crowd in a demonstration that snaked through town demanding the end of the de facto regime. As the march started near the school of Ethnic Studies on Champ de Mars many persons were heard on radio talking about their determination to fight Jovenel Moise. The day before militants and students battled police once again, following a march by journalists denouncing attacks against them by police. A pick up with a few journalists riding as passengers was targeted by a guy in uniform who deliberately tossed a tear gas canister inside the vehicle. All during that march so called police attacked the journalists. As usual the press in the U.S. had other fish to fry.

Police attack journalists

Early today, people gathered on Champs de Mars to shout their rejection of dictatorship. Josue Merilien, a well known teacher and school syndicate leader said that standing against dictatorship was a duty “Never again will we allow dictatorship in our country. Everywhere people must stand up ….time for a general insurrection so that we denounce the mafia behind Jovenel.”

Heard from a militant just freed from incarceration, “I’m back on the pavement. There is no backing down, we’re hungry, tired…… too much blood. I am looking for security, a job ….”. “Down with kidnapping” the crowd chanted. The demonstration went along peacefully for hours, gathering more persons at every corner until it ended in the afternoon.

At the same time today, persons in Carrefour blocked the main road, demanding the release of Highest Court judge Dabresil and the police who were protecting him. Passage to the four departments in the South was a nightmare because of the traffic jam that resulted. All over Haiti most activities have grounded to a halt. Schools are closed all over the country, and students are home once again because the authorities cannot guarantee safety. The police can gang up on demonstrators who are peaceful for the most part, but in the meantime criminals run around free, robbing, killing and kidnapping people. People are starting to realize that only through resistance will they survive.

In Gonaives, the day before, a huge crowd started to demonstrate peacefully, demanding that Jovenel respect the constitution and leave power. After police used tear gas to break up the march things turned to violence. During the afternoon shots were heard for a long time. As you listened to the radio reporter you could hear gunfire, machine gun like near him, as he took cover. People ransacked the mayor’s office and set fire to vehicles parked in the yard of the courthouse. It appears that the fight is still going in Gonaives, as the police maintains a low profile in the face of a wild and angry opposition.

Resistance to de facto president Jovenel Moise is growing, rather than abating because the population has had enough. Too many people have been killed, put in overcrowded jails or have disappeared. Just the other day so called police officers beat a journalist so badly that he died. Romario Saintrilice was hit a a Swat team member until he developed internal bleeding and died. These kinds of murder are more fuel on the fire of resistance. The people cannot stop, or it will be mass murder before Jovenel and the PHTK are finished. Only through resistance can Haitians everywhere find respect and a better life. To the young people in Petro Challenge, Nou Pap Domi, Fos Delmas and other groups we wish good luck and fair winds. They represent the hope for a better future because they refuse to be part of a silent majority that bends down to oppression, while criticizing those that fight. Haiti deserves better, and Haitians everywhere need to get on board. As Bob said, Zion train is coming.

Danse Petro: the Ogre strikes

Tools of a Coup d’Etat!!

It’s been two days after D-day and anarchy coupled with targeted arrests and eliminations of political opponents of Jovenel Moise are the canvas displayed in Haiti today. Sunday signaled the end of the legal mandate conferred to the rogue president, but of course he is trying to stay in power in true dictatorial style. After dismantling the judicial system for years by hiring and promoting corrupt judges, Jovenel has in essence removed the county’s highest court, the Cour de Cassation, from the political equation, putting one of the judges in incarceration and locking up the building. All these acts are illegal, but the now de facto leader is hoping that by using force and showing his teeth, he will scare the opposition, and cower popular rejection of his plans.

No need to recount the abracadabra coup d’Etat claimed by the authorities, but suffice it to say it is a strong signal that repression is going to intensify. As usual, the press in the U.S. is staying silent about Haiti, and with the Drump impeachment the media has a good excuse; never mind that most persons in Haiti are black anyway. It will be up to those who care about the country to spread the word about happenings there. Many people in the population are fighting back against the latest plan for Haiti. In Les Cayes, it seems like everyday people are taking to the streets in great numbers, contesting the would be dictator. In Cap Haitien and the Northeast persons are burning tires battling police and bandits in uniform who are firing live bullets at young demonstrators. In Arcahaie, a battle is raging between militants who live in the area and the Representative from the de facto executive. The national highway is practically closed as police come repeatedly shooting to clear the road. By allying with gangs openly, providing them with uniforms, vehicles and armored cars, Jovenel and his gang are trying to stifle a population and eliminate all opposition; then it will be paradise for them, while society changes for the worse.

Yesterday once again, militants fought with men in uniform in Champs de Mars where young people armed with rocks fought people in uniform shooting at them and spreading tear gas all over. Militants rained stones on those in uniform who at one time were forced to retreat. One guy in uniform fell under the attack, and he was saved by his colleagues who fired their guns to scatter persons who had surrounded him, tossing stones. Militants fought the police, a force now on the side of illegality, into the early evening in a street battle near the Museum until members of the so called army fired at the crowd, seriously wounding two journalist. More casualties in the fight against darkness and satrapy.

An interim president has been chosen by the opposition and most associations in the civil society of Haiti. Joseph Mecene Jean Louis, a judge from the High Court is the new President of Haiti. Of course, soon after the announcement he had to hide to stay safe from the de facto authorities. In demonstrations in St Marc, Les Cayes, Miragoane and other towns, many people are calling his name as the new president. There are many barricades all over, and although some people are seen moving about, the situation is far from normal. The upcoming days will determine if a dictatorship is in place in Haiti for the next decade or more, or if the people can stop this macabre plan. In my next post I will talk about the PNH, the Haitian National Police.

Danse Petro: Two days Left

With its renewed support for President Jovenel Moise in his suicidal attempt to stay as Head of State in Haiti past his constitutional mandate, the international “Enemies” of the country masquerading as a diplomatic group are finally showing that their goal is the destruction of Haitian society. Four plus one equals five in any addition. President Moise dismissed the Parliament and cut short the mandate of ten senators by two years. According to reports, President Moise was joyful when he announced that the Haitian Parliament was destitute because their four years were up. The U.S. State Department and the other constituents who seemingly elected Jovenel Moise president of their Haiti, tossing the real results of the sham election in the trash, now say that Jovenel must stay one year past his constitutional mandate in order to finish the job of ruining Haiti, while preparing to watch thousands killed. Because make no mistake about it, the Haitian population in Haiti is not backing down, and come Sunday if Jovenel clings to power the country will be a battlefield with many casualties.

This image which was in an earlier post shows how the international community wants Haiti to be. We have to ask ourselves why so called friends are cautioning a bloodbath. The population of Haiti is mostly young and many are desperate. They look at the life that Jovenel Moise and the PHTK want them to have, and they see nothing but despair, poverty and a despicable death. So, they have nothing to lose. Most of them are tired of trying to escape the nightmare they face everyday by going abroad, but as more people are hurt in coming days people will have no choice, and some will get on boats to leave hell. As singer Samba Kessy who passed away used to sing, “a little country that could be a paradise…..but they have turned it into hell.” Now is time for Haitians to take their future in their own hands, and not expect help from anybody. We have Libya as a perfect example of a country that was progressing and trying to solve its problems, until so called friends intervened and did away with its leadership, claiming that President Kaddafi was ready to murder poor unarmed demonstrators. Now in Haiti, those same folks are supporting President Moise, as he gets ready to murder thousands, and give the country over to gangsters. This is hypocritical, and it shows that they are only looking out for their own interest. Haitians are of African descent, Black Lives must Matter there too.

Two days left and we Haitians everywhere cannot stand and watch Haiti become the Libya of the Caribbean. The population will be in the street starting Saturday, and chances are we are ready for another round of peyi lock, but this time there will be burning and looting, while many will die. All of that so Jovenel Moise stay president of the country he has ruined the past four and a half years. You have to wonder why all this, except that Jovenel will allow foreigners to mine all the wealth in the country, with nothing for the population, and the corrupted will get richer. All the wealth of the country will be given away to foreign interest by this illegal president for a few millions to him and his accomplices. This is why the international “enemies” are backing Jovenel against the Haitian people. Everywhere we need to understand that this is a critical moment, and unless we act our wealth will be gone forever. The country has enough resources, great soil and everything it needs to feed its children, and enter the 21st century head high. Are we going to choose to lower our heads instead in shame because we refused to fight?


Danse Petro: Three days left – Echoes from Resistance

After two days of a general strike which paralyzed activities in Haiti, persons in Haiti have not stopped demanding that President Jovenel Moise respect the constitution by recognizing the end of his mandate as president of the country. For two days, the whole country shut down, streets were deserted and demonstrations were held in Port-au-Prince and in most major towns. In Champs de Mars, militants battled the police for hours, tossing stones, barricading the streets with burning tires and rocks, while fighting numerous police officers who tossed tear gas canisters and fired their guns in the air, and at demonstrators a few times. In provincial towns people mobilized to demand that the rookie dictator leave.

In Les Cayes early in the day there was a lot of gunfire by armed civilians working for the government Prosecutor to intimidate the population and prevent gatherings. But militants were undeterred and a huge crowd gathered to begin demonstrating by calling on the ancestors with veves, symbolic drawings from the Vodun religion.

In Arcahaie, militants set barricades early in the day. A bridge at the entrance of the town was blocked by a barricade, preventing cars and motorcycles from crossing. Even people walking on foot had to stop and searched for weapons by militants before being allowed to proceed. A doctor had to negotiate before being allowed to proceed to his destination.

On Champs de Mars, by 1 PM rocks were thrown by militants near the School of Ethnic Studies causing the breaking of windows in passing cars. Later in the day, when police officers from the UDMO tried to clear the square, a battle started with militants tossing rocks, bottles, bricks and setting small fires.

In Petion-Ville some people could be seen traveling about with a few street merchants and a few tap tap ferrying passengers, but businesses and banks stayed closed.

1:40 PM Arcahaie. Person living there were calling radio stations, looking for help, as a reporter talked about a group of civilians with guns coming from the hills, shooting at members of the population for awhile before retreating.

On Rue Magny near UDMO quarters a battle raged between police and demonstrators. Tear Gas was tossed all over Champs de Mars, and militants riposted with rocks near the school of Ethnic Studies. The intersection of Rue Magny and Rue Capois barricaded with flaming tires. Militants fought with rocks to stop cops from removing the barricade. Officers from UDMO continued firing tear gas all over. There is a report that rocks were thrown at the President’s motorcade before. Even police officers ran away from heavy tear gas.

1:52 PM – Militants call for reinforcement on Radio calling for Lavalas and Pitit Desalin from Belair and Portail to join the fight. Lots of rocks and tear gas. Everybody running away from Champs de Mars, militants and onlookers fled to Kafou Tifou near Champs de Mars, setting burning tires in the street.

2:00 PM. – A large group of police officers take control of Champs de Mars tossing tear gas all over the square, even journalists are victims falling down near fainting. Militants come back tossing rocks burning more tires on Rue Magny and Kafou Tifou. “We are not backing down. We made the president run inside the palace. Today there is no choice we’re here to fight .” Rocks are being thrown at all cars passing by. Cops shooting in the air and at targets unseen tossing tear gas.

3:05 PM. Militants regroup near police and fire station at edge of Champs de Mars. They are there to demand release of comrades arrested. Many police are there too. A stand off is looming between them. Soon, rocks and bottles are thrown at police officers inside the police station. In reply, officers start shooting in the air forcing everyone to vacate. Militants go near the University to regroup.

Arcahaie 3:00 PM – reports of police shooting and wounding persons as they clear barricades erected earlier. Young militants battle with rocks, but have to run away from direct gun fire. Police officers arrive in force with a back loader to clear the road, firing directly at people there.

4:50 PM on Champs de Mars. After a brief retreat, many police officers clear the square of all militants using tear gas, firing in the air and chasing militants on foot. Four are arrested and taken away.

5:00 PM – At Kafou Drouillard in the north entrance of PAP, boys are seen playing soccer in the intersection. Usually at this time cars, tap taps and people are jammed in this busy intersection. For now it is a soccer field. The Airport road is empty and at the Airport Road intersection with Delmas more soccer players with no public transportation save for a couple of taxis trying to salvage a last buck.

In Arcahaie there are reports of police officers setting a local business on fire after shooting on the house for awhile. On the floor journalists can see many shells from bullets fired at the house. It seems that the business belongs to an opponent of President Moise.

5:15 PM. On Champs de Mars, militants facing off with the police who are picking up rocks and debris. No violence anymore militants chanting, police officers ostensibly ignore them, clearing the road with their hands. Militants sit on the rocks chanting insults at police forcing the cops to stop clearing the debris. “He must go, Jovenel must go”, they sing . Police go away peacefully leaving the grounds to militants who proclaim victory. This will be remembered for a long time as the battle for Champs de Mars.

More violence happens in Arcahaie as police and armed civilians fire at people who retreat with a few wounded. Police destroy a motorcycle belonging to Radio Zenith and shoot near a Tank with Propane setting a fire. Persons are seen running about in panic.

6:00 PM. Champs de Mars is peaceful again. People walking about. Militants are back in their usual hangout. Many police officers are near the DDO and militants on Constitution Square start lobbing rocks until police move in on them. Small skirmish compared to earlier.

Around 7 PM there is a press conference thanking population for a successful strike, observed all through the country, by attorneys condemning police officers for brutality, attempted murder and violence against. Attorney Arnel Remy says “the fight continues…..Feb 7 is coming, and Jovenel Moise has no choice because no one is above the constitution….”

The Day After

In the Northeast region, former Senator Jean Baptiste Bien Aime holds a press conference to let the population know about activities in the department. He tells of three demonstrations in the department. In Terrier Rouge the gathering is violently suppressed by armed supporters of the president’s Representative, called delegate. They shoot at the demonstration, wounding some persons. In Caracol, a large crowd is in the streets demanding the president’s departure. In Ouanaminthe a large crowd is demonstrating in the street with many persons chanting. At the start, rocks and bottles are thrown at the demonstration as it passes in front of the house of the delegate. This does not deter the militants who shout their anger at the president.

In Terrier Rouge. Right in front of police assigned to the UDMO, security guards working for Delegate Donald JnFrancois fired at the crowd wounding near ten people who are brought to the local hospital. Police watched the crime passively, looking like accomplices.

St Marc 1:15 PM. Police cars with officers wearing hoods are looking menacing. Uniforms not looking like normal. Police officers with no badges are seen attacking people and journalist. Militants accusing them resolve to stay out until Joveled leaves. By 3 PM demonstration full swing in St Marc with police protection. Many people (Thousands) peaceful demonstrate until police break it up by using lotsa tear gas forcing people to run away in all directions. Half hour later militants regroup to begin again. “Bandit must leave and we gonna stay in the street..”, they chant, as they regroup.

In Port-au-Prince, a group called Esklav Revolte is calling for demonstration tomorrow in Kafou Rezistans to begin early, calling for respect of the constitution. Talking about shameful actions by police supporting a dictator. They say that fake police in the ranks are committing violence. They ask for unity within opposition.

Three days left. Everywhere persons are calling for Jovenel to pack up and leave the palace. THREE DAYS LEFT.

Danse Petro: Five days left

Strike successful

With five days left in President Jovenel Moise’s constitutional mandate a general strike has paralyzed all activities not only in Port-au-Prince, but also in all major towns of Haiti yesterday and today. In Les Cayes, a demonstration drained a massive crowd, which chanted the end of Jovenel and the PHTK. Everywhere persons stayed at home, while banks and stores remained shut. With most gas stations closed, gasoline is being sold in the street at three to four times the normal price.

Barricade in St Marc

In some of the provinces militants have blocked the roads with burning tires, tree trunks, rocks and other types of barricade. As usual the president has stayed silent, hunkering down, hoping it will all pass, but this time the situation is worse. In all parts of the country people are raised against the president, demanding that he respect the constitution. If he saw fit to dismiss the parliament, claiming that their four years were up, now a year later it is his turn because 4 plus one equals five. So, even if he hides and waits for the worst to come, his time is up.

Members of the Haitian National Police are committing grave violations of human rights, arresting and brutalizing militants to support the illegal regime in its last gasps. Many of those police officers will have to face justice when the president leaves because persons are watching them, documenting their brutal suppression of the population. In Cap Haitien, police units shot at people, and tried to force people to remove barricades. The situation is really bad in the whole country, as it seems the population is all in against the authorities.

Young people are in the streets, fighting the police which is pitting itself against the population. Usually a general strike shakes the foundation of the country, but President Moise does not care if the country perished, as long as he can preen and talk nonsense with his wife at his side. They both represent the worst that Haitian society is showing these days. This is a president who has watched the economy die from his incompetence, coupled with the free reins given to bandits, thieves and gangsters. President Moise is happy to steal the most money he can, while watching millions of people suffer famine and poverty. His supporters are mainly drug dealers and rich importers who are destroying any attempt at local agriculture, and industrial production in order to maintain a monopoly on all goods. Gangs are being armed to the teeth to suppress the population and ruin all businesses not associated with the powers in charge. You have to wonder how people manage to survive everyday. As heard on Radio Zenith today, armed bandits, some of them recognized by persons as people coming straight from jail are accompanying the State Prosecutor in Les Cayes, to intimidate militants in order to break up the demonstration. Here you have the person with the responsibility of protecting the population from bandits, using gangsters fresh from jail to suppress persons trying to demonstrate legally. This is emblematic of the government of Jovenel Moise and the PHTK. In the meantime in PAP, police units are taking militants into custody for demonstrating and demanding an end to injustice.

It is up to the population to protect itself from legal bandits sponsored by Jovenel Moise and the PHTK. Police officers do not pursue bandits and kidnappers because they are under orders to fight militants, while ignoring most criminals. The population is trying their best to fight or avoid gangsters in the areas where they live, but they are outgunned by well armed bandits who don’t fear the police.

This image above, taken from Whatsap, shows the state of the country, and how it will become if Jovenel Moise and the crooked PHTK politicians are allowed to remain in power. It is really sad that the international community supports these crooks, with the United States in the lead. Let’s hope that President Joe Biden will change this policy of supporting Ali Baba and the 40 thieves, and allow Haitians to have honest persons in charge. As usual, the press in the U.S. is staying silent, even though the whole country is like a boiling pot, ready to explode in five days. How long before they start to realize that less than a hundred miles from Florida persons are dying at the hands of thugs supported by the government and a whole country is shut down.

Danse Petro: Ten days left

Well, tomorrow it will be single figures until President Jovenel Moise arrives at the end of his mandate. He is still clinging to the idea that he can fight the inevitable, and his allies of the PHTK and others try to put up a brave front, claiming that the president has until 2022. Little by little Jovenel is losing international support, the European Parliament joining the chorus of demands for justice and accountability from the government of Haiti. As far as the country goes this will be another day of demonstrations and strife in different parts of the country. A march led by journalists and people supporting them made its way in Port-au-Prince, on Ave Lamartiniere demanding an end to police brutality and a stop on attacks against journalists. During recent demonstrations police officers targeted some journalists with tear gas and physical violence. Many persons joined the march, which delivered a message at the Ministry of Justice for the authorities. As heard of a radio report, a journalist talked about how they are victimized by police officers while those same officers often seek them when they need to make their grievances known.

Last night in Jacmel, main town in the Southeast, fire was set on a stand erected by the government for carnival celebrations. In these times of fear and political uncertainty, carnival is the last thing in persons’ mind. Not to advocate violence, but people are getting exasperated with the government’s attitude. Carnival is being planned as if February is going to be a peaceful, normal month, while everywhere signs point to a looming disaster.

Stand burning in Jacmel/ Photo from whatsap

Downtown Port-au-Prince was no mans land this morning, with bullets fired from heavy caliber guns from the Southern entrance to the North all along the area. According to news reports, Ti Junio, a gang leader from the G9, an amalgam of gangs in the metropolitan area, was killed by the police, so the other gangs in the group came out in force, shooting and battling the police. A monster traffic jam was created in the area of the Plaine, north entrance of Port-au-Prince, as motorists had to turn back because of flaming tires and gun fire. Lower Delmas slowly became deserted by midday because all persons left or hunkered down in their homes. Gang members fired their guns all afternoon terrorizing the population which scurried about looking for shelter in most of the city.

Call for demonstration in Cap

More demonstrations are called for tomorrow in Les Cayes, and Sunday in Cap Haitien, after the capital the two biggest town in the country. Groups like Nou Pap Domi, Petro Challenge are waiting to take the pavement. A general strike has been called for on February 1 and 2, and it seems like it will be followed by most in the population. The country is becoming more and more insecure because criminals are running around trying to make money before D-day which may put an end to control of their territories.

Less than ten days left.

Danse Petro: 12 Days left

With 12 days left until President Jovenel Moise’s mandate comes to an end, persons in Haiti are living through an increasingly tense situation. Yesterday schoolchildren demonstrated in front of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince wearing their uniforms, carrying their school bags, but it was not to attend class, get the necessary learning from teachers and start to become the citizens of tomorrow. They were there to ask for an end to the nightmare and the look the other way attitude from an untenable situation. The same day in Cap Haitien tires burned on Rue L, when demonstrators came out, a small group it was true, a brief panic started. In Kafou and Delmas barricades were set, as more schoolchildren came out demanding an end to the kidnapping of their peers. In Montrouis, usually a small peaceful resort near the sea, home to some of the priciest tourist resorts left in the country, a car was torched after its occupant fired at a crowd, killing a school girl.

Remnants of the vehicle

People are constantly worried about their security, even as a few well off persons try to live and enjoy themselves. With barricades set on the roads at will, whenever a group of people suffer from the kidnapping persons in their vicinity; Delmas 40 B was closed this morning for that very reason; people are keeping movement to a minimum. Actors with influence in society, wether on President Moise’s side or against him are flexing muscle and gearing for an upcoming fight beginning in February. The president spoke on Facebook appearing tense, talking about electricity and announcing a task force to fight kidnappings. He spoke as if the people kidnapped did not matter, but politicians in opposition were his target once again, as he blamed them for all problems. In the streets, schoolchildren demonstrating, chanted that President Moise and the PHTK were the ones responsible for the kidnappings. It is hard to go against their logic because kidnappers are acting everyday, in broad daylight, with no resistance from the police. Most of the times, these legal bandits carry heavy weapons and show no fear of the police. Curiously, almost all of the persons kidnapped these days are young people of modest means. It looks and smells like a campaign of terror geared toward cowering the population into subservience. Many persons have sent the family abroad before D-day.

Schoolchildren in front of U.S. Embassy in PAP

On Champs de Mars, and on the airways, militants and political leaders are telling Jovenel Moise that it will require him killing hundreds, if not thousands of people to remain in power after February 7, when his mandate ends. Young people are posting on social platforms, warning that they will not back down. In Montrouis once again today some people barricaded the national road, and burning tires are still there as we write this post. The situation is getting out of control and we have to wonder about D-day and it’s aftermath. While all this is going on in a country less than a hundred miles from South Florida, the U.S. media is strangely silent about the ongoing situation there. Yesterday, all the news report were about demonstrations in Russia and in India, and nothing was said about thousands of persons, mainly schoolchildren demonstrating in various towns of Haiti. In Kafou, part of the metropolitan area of PAP, once again, as of this writing a large crowd were out demanding freedom for kidnapped persons. A huge traffic jam is seen on the National Road 2 as the crowd is growing blocking this vital roadway, burning tires and demanding the release of kidnap victims in the area.

The silence from the U.S. media, especially in South Florida makes us wonder if there is a news blackout imposed on Haiti by the international media in their respective countries. It seems as if no one wants to talk about the country, even as it is going through a critical period in its existence. Haitians everywhere in the U.S. and Canada, to name some places, need to demand information about their home in the media where they live. We need to call in talk shows to make people aware of this situation because some of us are not even aware of what’s going on. There are many reporters in Haiti who probably file stories about what’s going on there, but the media does not feature those stories here. They prefer to talk about India, which is miles away, while the over one million in the U.S. do not get to keep up with their place of birth. It’s time to support the population in Haiti if we can in however small way we can, as we struggle to survive here. The media needs to show respect towards people from Haiti by at least putting it in the limelight as the situation worsens. It will be up to Haitians everywhere if people are murdered in silence, or the killing will stop because of light shed on its perpetrators.

Yaya has joined us

A ton of congratulations to Angie Bell and Tico Armand, the authors of this new illustrated hard cover book, The Adventures of Yaya: Soup Joumou Lakay Grann Pola. The two young women, Angie and Tico worked together to write this wonderful book with the help of Jerry Boursicot as a graphic artist. The manual is beautiful with pictures and text intertwined into an attractive canvas. It is a story that will entertain persons of all ages, but it is designed to really entertain and excite children. It is written in both English and Haitian, so it can be enjoyed by many people of all walks of life.

The Adventures of Yaya will soon be part of the African American Library – Fort Lauderdale Reading Center on Sunrise Blvd for the enjoyment of the surrounding community. We hope it will be part of the collection of all libraries in Souther Florida because Angie Bell, one of the authors of the book, grew up in South Florida, and her achievement should be part of the literature available here in Miami and Broward County

Angie signing a book for a buyer

Both of the authors of this book are talented young women who embody the movement to empower women all over. Tico Armand is an internationally known model and artist who is adding being an author to her impressive list of achievements. Angie Bell is well known in the Haitian Community in Southern Florida as a promoter of events and more recently as an advocate of Cap Haitien and its riches in terms of sightseeing and historical monuments. She has been promoting a platform online to display the beauty of the region and help businesses in the department have a window into the world. I will advise everyone to get this beautiful book for your child and for your coffe table because it looks great. You’ll enjoy reading it, as the story is simple and entertaining.

Good luck to the two fantastic authors of The Adventures of Yaya: Soup Joumou Lakay Grann Pola. Hope you sell a million copies. We are waiting for the next adventures.

Tico and Angie with Jimmy Moise