The rebellion that has paralyzed the Caribbean country began more than a year ago when, in early July 2018, the Moise government decided to increase the cost of oil products under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since that date, several waves of mobilization have happened. In the past months, the crisis has been fueled by the president’s involvement in corruption cases and fuel shortages.
In April, the lower house in #Haiti’s parliament voted for a daily wage increase for sweatshop workers from $4.31 to $7.69, but the UN-World Bank objected to the increase. The president slightly increased it to $5.13 by decree after thousands of workers took the streets last week.
In context, in Haiti, mobilizations reach a month demanding the resignation of the president and the end of international interference.
Heavily armed groups in Haiti’s capital, identified by population as working for PHTK/police, are attacking protesters, using live ammunition, and breaking barricades. Barricades have continued to be rebuilt in defiance.
“Haiti is a country in which we face a situation of total crisis: economic crisis, political crisis, social crisis. Then there is a popular revolt, the people, the people of the popular neighborhoods, the workers, the peasants are on the streets, organizing marches, barricades, using all available strategies to challenge the current regime,” said Guy Laurore Rosenez, defender of Human Rights at the Office of International Lawyers (BAI) and a member of the Movement for Freedom, Equality of Haitians for Fraternity (MOLEGHAF), in an interview for Avispa Midia.
“The people are expressing their outrage, their frustration and demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. But the people see this resignation as a stage in a much more global struggle, which is a struggle to change the system, end that regime and open the way towards a society that allows the people to live with dignity,” Laurore shared about the situation.
On Saturday, November 9, civil organizations and parties of the Haitian opposition signed a political agreement to lay the foundations for a possible transitional government in the event that the current president Jovenel Moise resigns. The Haitian population does not seem to trust the initiative, promoted by organizations and traditional parties.
“These people are unable to change the system because that system benefits them. Most of the leaders of these groups have been on the political scene for more than 30 years. Everyone knows each other. They are just trying to clear their image with the population,” said activist Nixon Bomba for Radio Canada.
From: Avispa Media