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Haiti - Elections : Violence is not only partisan or political...
10/12/2010 14:29:26

Haiti - Elections : Violence is not only partisan or political...
Fueled by a great number of rumors, fear in the population is palpable. The Haitians fear and prepare for armed confrontation in the coming hours or the next days... While the candidates are launching appeals for calm to their supporters in the streets.

Rumors of distribution of weapons, money paid to gang leaders fueling this fear in the population. Especially, that beyond the political protests by supporters of candidates, it is obvious that these social disorders, have promoted the criminal activities (ransacking of homes, theft, assault passersby to ask for ransom, looting shops, murder etc...) that have nothing of political and which does not concern any the candidates who are opposed.

The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced Thursday afternoon that he would conduct an audit of the results of the first round of presidential elections, announce which is far from having made the unanimous... The three leading candidates from the elections are invited to attend the operation, said Dorsinvil Gaillot, president of CEP. An announce which did not prevent the situation from continuing to worsen in the country.

The United States has again advised their citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Haiti, citing high crime rates, the cholera epidemic and social unrest. For its part, Canada has closed its embassy until further notice due to post-election violence. All flights to and from the capital were severely disrupted or canceled.

The former commander of the paramilitary organization the "Front de résistance nationale (FRN)", Guy Philippe, has publicly accused all candidates to have cheating during the presidential, reviving even more the tensions on the ground, although this is not new, and widely observed and reported in the preliminary observation report of the National Network for the Defence of Human Rights (RNDDH) about the elections day on 28 November 2010.

The candidate Michel Martelly, for its part, accuses the campaign manager of the candidate Célestine, Senator Joseph Lambert, to be at the origin of violences.

In the circumstances and the confusion which reigns, everyone have interest to accuse his opponent and make him responsible for the crisis and violence. Make wear a T-shrirt of the opposing party at its partisans, is now the rule, in this way it is difficult to distinguish in the ground who is responsible... Criminals do not hesitate to use the same ploy.

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