Thousands of students in Cap-Haitian protest revival of army because government cannot even pay teachers

Posted by on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Under: Security
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Thousands of public school students took to the streets of Cap Haitian earlier today, and blocked the entrance of Haiti's second largest city, to protest the recent announcement of president Jovenel Moise to launched the reform of the destituted army in the historic city, on November 18th, on the 214 years anniversary of the Vertieres Battles; the last battle that resulted in Haiti's independence and took place in Cap Haitian.

The students were demanding that the government pays teachers who have stopped working for weeks because they had not received a penny from the Minister of Education for months of work.

" The government of Jovenel Moise cannot even afford to pay the teachers of public schools, but he wants to remobilized an army." shouted one angry protesters, one of many who vows to paralyze the city in upcoming weeks.

Earlier this year, Haitian President Jovenel Moise put forward plans to revive the 22 years defunct military, to fill the anticipated security gap that would be left after the departure of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission troops, deployed in the country for the past 13 years until last October.

Haiti wants to have Its own army "urgently" after the departure of U.N Stabilization Mission

While it's easy to find citizens who strongly support reconstituting a Haitian army, particularly jobless young people, the idea alarms those who vividly remember times darkened by military coups and oppression.

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