Protest - Manifestation
Several thousands of people were once again in the streets to demand the annulment of the last election in Haiti. One thing that is different this time they are now in favor of a transitional government to replace the current Martelly-Paul Government. So far, no incident of violence has been reported; however it is not certain this will remain. The crowd is as we speak is heading straight to confrontation with Police. The protesters are heading to the CEP local in Petion-Ville. We learned that that Police received orders not to let the protest reach the CEP local in Petion-Ville.
Senator Steven Benoit was not the only one who had a difficult day yesterday. Senator Moise Jean Charles was also wounded during their confrontation with the police as he was protesting the decision of the CEP not have an independent panel to investigate allegation of fraud during the past election. According to Moise this is a grave incident that took place yesterday. This was a quiet manifestation and the moment he was ready to speak to the crowd, Police opened fire. He also stated that the government is the one responsible for creating an atmosphere of panic in the country. They have a mission to fight. Stand up and fight
You are looking at Senator Steven Benoit as he was wounded by a rubber bullet in the face during a protest march on November 18, the day of the battle of Vertiere. He was in the company of Senator Moise Jean Charles who also was a victim in the protest. The Senator described the action of the Police officer responsible for the shooting as illegal and demanded that he is punished. Senator Benoit also reaffirmed his commitment to the protest demanding that an independent commission be established to investigate alleged election fraud. According to the Senator, "the Police officer fired on us when we arrived. They clearly knew who we were". He went on to say that the manifestation was calm until that time.
Here is a some video footing for the day of the Battle of Vertiere. It was marked by mass protest and manifestation against the CEP as the polulation was denouncing the country's preliminary presidential results.
An exit poll revealed a curious feature because a little over 6% of voters had said that they have voted for the government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise, placing him on the fourth. Surprisingly, when the result was out, he came to the top with 32.8 % of the votes. However, it is a fact that exit polls are not always accurate indicators.
On November 20th, in protest against the published presidential election result, agitated protesters came out on the street of Port-au-Prince. Protest against the ruling party has almost become a daily occurrence because all the opposition parties are of opinion that the October 25 election and the published results are nothing but an "electoral coup d'état," orchestrated by President Martelly and his men to make their candidate Jovenel Moise a winner.
Firstly, the protesters were resisted by some Martelly supporters on the street and they started hurling rocks and other objects between themselves in the streets of Port-Au-Prince. After some time, a gang of about 20 hooded men in a white pickup (license plate number 1-00692) armed with machetes, hammers, pipes and guns attacked the marchers. A young man was shot dead and one marcher was wounded in the head by a machete. The police present on the spot turned a blind eye. As per the latest news, the Haitian police have arrested a demonstrator with machetes at the end of a march in Port-au-Prince.
A protest organized by the opposition turned bloody. We received information that several presidential candidates were victimized during the protest. Some sources revealed that former Presidential candidate Jean Henry Ceant was arrested. In addition, candidates Moise jean Charles and Steven Benoit both were attained by gunshots.
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Jean Henry Ceant arete, Yo tire sou Steven Benoit ak Moise Jean Charles pandan pwotestasyon
Yon pwotestasyon ki te òganize pa opozisyon an Jodi-a tounen an san. Nou resevwa enfòmasyon ke plizyè kandida prezidansyèl te viktim pandan pwotestasyon an. Gen kèk sous ki di ke ansyen Kandida pou prezidan Jean Henry Ceant te arete. Anplis, kandida Moise Jean Charles ak Steven Benoit recevwa bal
Opposition parties and many Haitian civilians are not happy with the published result of the October 25th presidential result. Demonstrations against the Presidential Election result on the streets have become a regular feature and it is gaining momentum every day.
One demonstrator was killed and several others were injured in street clashes with the ruling party supporters. Recently, the second place finisher Jude Celestine has broken the silence and has said that he does not accept the published result which put him in a likely runoff with Jovenel Moise, handpicked by Martelly as his successor. The result in no way reflects the support of the common people. It is interesting to note that Jovenel Moise, his opponent, as per the published result, came to the top with 32.8% of the votes, while an exit poll on the Election Day (October 25) placed him on the fourth place with a meager 6% vote. Eighty two percent of the exit poll voters were agreed on the Election Day that the election was fair, there was no fraud. However, when the same voters were asked after the result on November 5th, Ninety percent of them said they now disagree with the earlier statement.
Nothing will prevent the strikes scheduled for November 9 and 10 form taking place. On Friday, after a Council of Government the Haitian government had taken the decision to remove previous decision to increase the budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016. Prime Minister Evans Paul during a press stated that the government listens to the population. According to the Prime Minister, we analyzed the current socio-political context and understands the difficult situation of the population. He announced that costs such as fees for driver's license, registration, license plates and passports will remain unchanged. In addition proposed severance pays for certain government officials will not be implemented. The government is hoping that these new decisions would change the mind of the trade unionists who have scheduled the two day strike.
A Protest organized by supporters of several presidential candidates this afternoon was folded by Cimo who threw gas to dispers the crowd. The protest started around delmas 60, following a conference to the media given by candidate Jude Celestin, rejecting the preliminary election results. Tire were burning in areas around the capital. The protesters removed all campaign pictures belonging to the PHTK candidate Jovenel Moise along the way, until they were
One group was coming from Rue timace, another group was comiong from Carrefour feuille. One well recognized person taking part of the protest was Ikolan from the famous Rap Kreyòl band Barikad Crew. The crowd was estimated at several thousands.
Several incidents of violence were reported in the Capital and in Cap-Haitian. In Portail Leogane, Martissant, caseau, Centre, Delmas 33, Lalue, San Fil, Chanp de Mars, instances of tire burning, gun fires and stones throwing immediately after the results and throughout the evening. Traffic was almost non existent, people were avoiding these areas. Boyd units were out in force to counter the protests. Same situation in Route Nationale #1
In Cap-Haitian, a total of 10 arrests were made. Several incidents have been recorded there. There was a strong Police presence all over the city. Specially in Quartier Samary, Shada, Lafossette, Kanasa and Foujrol, gun fires and rock throwing were common throughout the evening. in "Rue 20", from letter L all the way to letter N Police presence was very strong. This is an area where the Pitit Desalin candidate, Moise Jean Charles, has lots of supporters. In "Lotbo Pont" may gun shots were also heard in several Cites surrendering the city.
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