Tax Office, Municipal Palace, Vice Delegates Office in Arcahaie Burned

For the past seven weeks, the representatives from the Interior Ministry and representatives from the local administration and residents of Arcahaie have met several times to resolve a crisis which has stalled the normalcy of their city life. People are agitating against a Presidential decree which they believe is unconstitutional; an act ultra vires the power of an outgoing caretaker President of the nation who is holding his office by a decree, without any parliament.


They are not satisfied with President Martelly's decision to make "Les Arcadins" a separate commune and connected it to the Artibonite Department. The new commune will take out a part of beautiful coastline from Arcahaie city where the President has built a multimillion dollar mansion for himself and few more homes for his friends. Since the first day of September, People are showing their mark of displeasure by a series of activities. They have shattered and burnt three passenger buses, a dozen of motorcycles were set on fire during a protest on the Route National 1. People cannot travel between north and south; even the people from the east cannot travel back from Port-au-Prince. On October 2nd, three public buildings, such as, the tax office, the municipal palace and the vice delegates office for the district in Arcahaie, were set on fire. The school students of Arcahaie could not attend their classes since the commencement of 2015-16 session.

The residents are not interested in dialogue with the administration; they demand a retreat of the unconstitutional decree implemented solely on the personal interest of the President. . Police gunfire was heard; several casualties have already been reported in recent days, especially, from the forceful intervention of the police.

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