Massive protests call for President Jovenel Moise to step down after restituting army

Posted by on Monday, November 20, 2017 Under: Security

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A series of mass protests took place throughout the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince on Saturday, to call on President Jovenel Moise to step down after he decided to remobilized the disbanded Haitian Army after 22 years.

The protests came on the day the Haitian President officially re-introduced the military with a parade in the city of Cap-Haitian, and a week after a senatorial committee published a damning 686 pages report accusing many high ranking officials in the cabinet of the president, including his chief of staff and secretary, of embezzling millions of dollars.

"We do not want this army of thieves but we need an army to bring us security because, see what happened in Grand Ravine: they aim to kill us all, the poor," denounced Robert Nossant,referring to a police operation that took place Monday in the impoverished neighborhood of Grand ravine which left seven innocent people dead and two police officers.

Two Police officers killed and four wounded during raid in impoverished neighborhood in Port-au-Prince

Despite the numerous reassurance of President Jovenel Moise that this new army will differ from the previous one, which throughout Haiti's history had been responsible for 103 coups, most citizens believe that the President was essentially installing a pro-government army.

The President's critics said that he should have made the reestablishment of the military a subject of national conversation instead of unilaterally deciding to bring it back.

Also, the President who promised that this new military force won't be anything like the previous one which had been used to torment the population, made the mistake of appointing, Jodel Lesage, a former colonel as the General-Lieutenant of the reconstituted army.  

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