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Haiti - Insecurity : The Minustah is it able to ensure the safety ?
17/11/2010 12:19:54

Haiti - Insecurity : The Minustah is it able to ensure the safety ?
Edmond Mulet, the head of MINUSTAH, imputes the responsibility the riots Cap Haitien and Hinche to a range of criminal and political elements, agitators who have benefited from psychosis about the current epidemic of cholera to try to sabotage the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for November 28. He sees in these riots, an organized and concerted action.

In an email sent to Reuters, Edmond Mulet said that they are "Traditional spoilers, ex-FADH (ex-members of the Haitian army), certain politicians, criminal figures, groups opposing the elections, are behind these incidents."

In fact, for Edmond Mulet, these riots will be his excuse for a massive deployment and armed of the Minustah forces in Haitian territory. Because we must not exaggerate, these two demonstrations that turned into riots, did not involve more than one hundreds of thugs and criminals, who had infiltrated a popular demonstration initially peaceful, whose claims focused on the mismanagement of the cholera crisis. At the country level, we are faced with two dramatic incidents minors, and not a national conspiracy aimed at derailing the electoral process, protesters did not mention this subject.

However, what happened to Cap Haitien as in Hinche leads us to question about the ability of Minustah to ensure the safety of our citizens in elections. If the Minustah forces have struggled to restore order with fully equipped and trained troops and armored vehicles in front of some excited, if Minustah has not been able to protect them from looting and destruction of 500 tonnes of food aid in WFP warehouse, If Minustah is not able to ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance and to unblock some barricades on roads, if Minustah is unable to ensure protection and proper functioning of the humanitarian medical teams, we can ask ourselves what will do the Minustah if an outbreak of violence was spreading across the country and for what is used the Minustah ?

It is not necessary to have cholera or elections, to have hostile demonstrations against the MINUSTAH, Mr. Edmond Mulet knows very well, examples are not lacking. When the head of MINUSTAH says "We had expected these kind of incidents to happen, which have been part of previous electoral processes...", we wondered why Minustah seemed so badly prepared and why it takes so much, to disseminate a scenario of conspiracy against the elections or democracy ? One can also wonder whether the Minustah is able, beyond rhetoric, to ensure the safety of the population?

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