Neither State nor National Funeral for Haitian Dictator
When Martelly's tweet went viral, Haitians blanketed social media to protest. They also began an online petition urging Martelly ". . . to respect the memory and dignity of the victims whose deaths . . . have never been officially recognized by the country."
Martelly put the question of whether or not to hold a state funeral before his cabinet prior to posting his tweet. His tweet is not surprising, because Duvalier, since his return from exile in Paris in 2011, has bee invited to government functions. However, Haitian professor of political science, Robert Fatton, comments Martelly's decision to re-evaluate whether to hold a state funeral is ". . . a sign that he is attentive to public opinion . . ." Others think he has a dual purpose in making a decision to forgo a state funeral. Elections are overdue and Martelly wants to end the stalemate between opposition senators and parties.
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