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Haiti - Social : Struggle against the high cost of living on a background of social tensions
20/09/2012 11:32:47

Haiti - Social : Struggle against the high cost of living on a background of social tensions
While the Administration Martelly-Lamothe is multiplying initiatives to help the poor, many organized social movements, weave the background, of a crisis that we would like to avoid and that some want...

Hervé Denis, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti (CCIH), asserts that the a member of the Interministerial Commission for price stabilization, created Friday, September 14 by the Executive, can rely on the full and complete cooperation of the private sector, which according to him is ready to provide all the information necessary to enable the adoption of effective measures against the high cost of living. In addition, Mr. Denis believes that the Government's initiative to import 300.000 bags of rice is of great importance and that it is imperative for the Government, to take steps that are required, to improve the living conditions of the population.

An opinion that does not seem to share the Deputy Johnson Dieujuste, which is opposed to the importation of these 300.000 bags of rice considering that this is not the best solution to solve the problem of high cost of living. He announced that the Commission Agriculture and Environment, of which he is the President in the Lower House, will invite the Commission of price stabilization to explain how these 300,000 bags will be distributed.

Social tensions :
After the anti-government demonstration organized by the Senator Moïse Jean-Charles and political activist Pierrot Augustine, who brought together thousands of people in Cap-Haitien, Wednesday, Sept. 12, organization leaders, following a meeting with Ronsard Saint-Cyr, the Minister of the Interior and Territorial Communities, and Guyler C. Delva, the Secretary of State for Communication, decided to maintain the appeal to demonstration for September 21.

Following the 24-hour strike, strongly followed, which paralyzed the city of Les Cayes, Thursday, September 14, punctuated by unfortunate incidents involving Gabriel Fortuné [became member of the opposition in recent months] ; the University Union of South for the defense of human rights, criticism at the approach of the new school year, , the passivity of the government regarding the measures of accompaniment of parents raises fears of upcoming events...

Monday, September 17, Petit Goâve, demonstrators demanding to the Government the immediate adoption of measures to help the poorest, threatening to take to the streets again if the Government does not give a favorable response to their grievances.

The gathering of the mission for the people, announced a peaceful march in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, September 20 to denounce the deterioration of the living conditions of the population. This march should start from the Place Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and ended in Parliament.

In Saint-Marc teachers promise to continue a movement initiated earlier this week, for better living conditions and of work, until satisfaction of their demand.

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