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We have the first pictures of the day for the commemorations of Bataille de Vertieres 2013. This ceremony took place this morning in the city of Cap-Haitian.
It has been reported that the manifestation against the government of Michel Martelly is strong. According to reporter from Radio Caraibes, several Manifestants have taken to the streets both in Cap-Haitian and Port-au-Prince, demanding the depart of Michel Martelly.
This is going to be a long day in Haiti
Things are expected to be very dangerous as the manifestants are planning to head to Petion-Ville. In the meantime, it has been reported that there is another group of manifestantants "Pro Government" who are expected to meet the other one
Today, November 18, 2013 marks the Battle of Vertières near Cap-Haitian which is considered as the last major battle for Haiti Independence. If my predictions hold, today is expected to be filled with street protestation against the government of Michel Martelly
Pwal Gin Kouri nan Payi Sa Jodia!
Public protest is scheduled to take place in Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitian and some major other cities throughout the country. Some will be demonstrating for and some against the Martelly Government.
What about the latest rumors out there?
Without Explanation, I just heard that the famous Political activist André Michel has been removed from the list of most wanted. He is now free go about his business.
Andre Michel was arrested, accused of obstructing justice after refusing to allow police and the district attorney to search his vehicle.
One might think that some of the events that took place on the day of his court presentation was orchestrated as the opposition mentioned.
"Patat Sa Gin Lè Te Tro Cho Pou Govenman an"
Andre Michel is back and this time, as you can see in this video, he put the blame squarely on Michel Martelly for the resurgence of class issue in Haiti. He also said that this did not start today.
He gave some examples: " When Michel Martelly referred to Liliane Pierre-Paul of Radio Quisqueya as "Ti Lili" added Metre Michel, he meant to say that: "Pitit malere, malerese" nan Ti Goave, Moun Tet Grenn, Moun Led.
Mesanmi Tande Koze
He also referred to the first Bal following Martelly inauguration as President in Petion-Ville. According to Andre Michel, Minm moun ki gin koule noir were nor allowed to go in".
Is the popular and famous slogan "Tet Kale" that contributed to the election of Michel Martelly is now turning against him? One might think so if you have been listening to the opposition lately. Michel Martelly had so much success with the slogan "Tet Kale", he recently made the decision to form a new political party named "Tet kale"
One thing I am sure Michel Martelly did not think about in selecting the popular slogan "Tet Kale", is how easy it would be to turn it to a critic against his own government.
Maybe the opposition should thank the Haitian Creole language for its various abilities, one of which is the ability to completely the meaning of words by just switching their position. The slogan "Tet Kale" has been working so well for Michel Martelly, that is until people started calling it a government of "Kale Tet".
As this new wave of protest against Michel Martelly are getting stronger and stronger, it helps to do some analysis of the situation. Have you noticed that in Haiti there has always been a movement to get ride of the government? Based on my analysis, Haiti political landscape has three basic stages: a) The "Election of the New Leader" period, b) The "Honeymoon" Period, c) The "Rache Manyok" period.
Let's take the period of the "Election of New Leader". This is usually a tense period where the major players are using all kind of tricks to control the election. On the other side, since the population is aware of that, they pay close attention to detail and are ready at any moment to take to the street.
This is the latest on the case of Attorney Andre Michel as the day of October 23, 2013 will likely be remembered as one of the hottest day for the Martelly-Lamorthe government.
"Dife Ya Cho"
As Attorney Andre Michel was awaiting hearing where the judge was preparing to serve him an order to be transferred to the state penitentiary, supporters broke into the courtroom. It was reported that legislator Arnel Belizaire and other supporters drove Andre Michel to the Haitian Parliament for security purpose.
"Kouri Nan Potoprins"
I have been hearing that the opposition to the government of Michel Martelly is not something that just some individuals who are not satisfied with his government are doing.
According to some Martelly supporters as well as others who are just interested in Haiti politic, this movement is not simple at all. There is one leader and strategist managing the entire movement.
The do name former president Jean Bertrand Aristide to be the mastermind behind this movement.
Whether it is a movement in the city of Les Cayes, Cap-Haitian or Jeremie. Whether it is a public statement by some members of political parties, Human Rights attorneys or many Haitian Senators or Deputies, some people would want us to believe that the hands of former president and Lavalas leader Jean Bertrand Aristide is all over it.
President Martelly has delayed holding elections for almost two years. Prime Minister Lamothe wants elections held soon and is working his connections to put pressure on Martelly.
Recently Martelly made a surprise move, reaching out to two opposition party leaders, Serge Gilles, of Platform Fusion, and Evans Paul, leader of Inite Demokratik.
Evans Paul said he and Martelly talked for almost two hours about a range of issues: the political climate of Haiti, the Electoral Council conflict, the decision whether or not to dis-band Parliament in January 2014, and the state of poor living conditions the population at large must suffer under.
This is the video of the confrontation last week between Haitian Police and members of the opposition to which Mirlande Manigat of the NPDRwas taking part of. The objective of the protest was to demand the release of Florestal brothers from prison and the end of proceedings against the lawyer André Michel.
Also present at the demonstration was Arnel Belizaire (Delmas / Tabarre).
After some unsuccessful attempt to negotiate with Mirlande Manigat, the police dispersed the manifestants with tear gas
Here is the video:
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