Haiti - Heritage : The President Martelly angry at the Citadelle
Just arrived on site, the Head of State was unpleasantly surprised by finding the state of disrepair, of abandonment and the lack of maintenance in which was the Citadelle. Without hiding his anger, the President Martelly described what he saw as irresponsible and inconceivable "that is our identity who is going to disappear ! See how herbs grow on the floor and on the and walls of the citadel, this is unacceptable !"
The President attacked particularly the staff of ISPAN, which according to him did nothing to maintain and safeguard the Citadelle "Who works here ? Are they paid, to leave this national pride in this state ? [...] It is abnormal that people continue to get money from the State without working [...] Those responsible have plans for the Citadelle ?" has openly questioned the Head of the State under the influence of emotion [and a great disappointment].
Invited to visit the upper levels of the citadel, the Head of State has refused, given the deplorable state of the Citadelle and the lack of security for visitors, he explained.
The Minister of Culture, who also acknowledged [after "the visit"] that the situation was "unacceptable" [even more that Haiti made great effort for the international tourism promotion of its historical sites], announced that the Ministry would take emergency measures with Unesco and other donors, to begin the restoration of the Citadelle as soon as possible."
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