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Haiti - Politic : Incidents in Parliament, rain of reactions
23/06/2016 11:17:07

Haiti - Politic : Incidents in Parliament, rain of reactions
The serious incidents that occurred on Tuesday against the Parliament https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-17804-haiti-flash-national-assembly-postponed-sine-die-due-to-violence.html and which have resulted in the "sine die" postponement of the scheduled session in National Assembly that was to decide the fate of Jocelerme Privert, whose the mandate of provisional President has expired since 14 June, continues to provoke reactions...

Reaction of RNDDH :
The National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) has learned "with dismay that on 21 June 2016 was held a demonstration during which unidentified individuals threw stones at the building housing the Haitian Parliament and condemns with the greatest vehemence this incident."

It recalls that "popular organizations had, to great fanfare, announced since several days, the holding of a support demonstration to the Provisional President, Jocelerme Privert in order to force parliamentarians to decide os his staying in power" https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-17803-haiti-news-zapping-politics.html https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-17793-haiti-news-electoral-zapping.html

The Network regrets that "slogans threatening to set fire to the Legislative Palace, were launched by the protesters if the Parliamentarians decided to terminate the mandate of the Provisional President [...] The leaders of political parties and people's organizations seem not measure the extent of damage that can be caused by the incentive speech to the violence of their supporters."

"[...] RNDDH considers that the incident of 21 June 2016 took place with the express complicity of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) nevertheless responsible for ensuring the security of each and every one. Indeed, the demonstration having been announced with thinly veiled threats, it was up to the police force to assess the level of risk and effectively ensure the safety of the Legislative Palace [...] RNDDH believes that if political parties are fingered in what happened June 21, 2016, the Superior Council of the National Police (CSPN) and Parliamentarians also have their share of responsibility [...]"

Reactions of PHTK
In a note the Platform "Tèt Kale Party Haitien" (PHTK) "strongly condemns the acts of violence against the Parliament and parliamentarians who were preparing to meet in National Assembly to decide on the continuation of the democratic process, following the expiry on 14 June of the term of former interim president Jocelerme Privert in accordance with the Agreement of February 5.

These acts are similar, to be mistaken, to certain practices of intimidation and violence against members of parliament, very popular in the 1990s.

The platform urges Michel-Ange Gédéon, the Director General ai of the National Police of Haiti and Camille Junior Edouard, the minister of justice and public security, to assume their full responsibilities so that citizens and institutions, including Parliament, can go about their activities in full serenity awaiting the arrival of a president to the head of State. It recalls that similar acts had recently produced in a court where judges were threatened and intimidated...

Reaction of Jean-Henry Céant (Presidential candidate) :
"It is with great force that I denounce the attack that was made on the Haitian Parliament, stones were thrown at the Parliament, weapons were unsheathed to prevent the holding of the National Assembly session on June 21.

On another occasion, the enemies of democracy have struck. They showed clearly they do not want stability, they are against social peace, they do not want an agreement or a consensus is reached to resolve the country's problems.

Making violence, threaten the lives of deputies and senators, preach division and hatred is unconscious behavior, irresponsible who do not want the establishment of a democratic regime in Haiti.

[...] It is time for the artisans and destabilization professionals to understand that this time is over [...] Violence, intimidation can not be the answer to the problem in a democracy [...] I says, today, in these times that we must show love for our country, our commitment to democratic values, the respect for the principles and practice of democracy."

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