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Haiti - FLASH : Jovenel Moïse leaves his silence and addresses the Nation
After presenting his sympathies to the various victims of the demonstrations, he recalled that the demonstrations are a right but "it is unacceptable for people who have official functions to demonstrate alongside armed gang leaders wanted by the justice [...]" reference of photos circulating showing the dangerous gang leader Arnel Joseph accompanied by his supporters solidly armed in an opposition demonstration. Photo that made senator Latortue react on Thursday of a radio that explained that according to his analysis, the presence of gang leader Arnel Joseph in a demonstration is a maneuver planned by the power in place to discredit the opposition...
Concerning the insecurity the Head of State affirmed "[...] I will continue to ask the CSPN [Superior Council of the National Police] to make arrangements to accompany the population so that serenity, Peace and calm return in the 4 corners of the country. [...]
[...] the crisis we are going through is very serious [...] it threatens the foundation of the country, it has a lot of consequences for the country. There are people who do not make democracy [...] who want to impose on the Nation something that is not good for them. It is clear to all that it is only the dialogue with all the forces of the Nation that will help us get out of this situation [...]"
In his speech he firmly confirmed that he did not intend to let the power before the time of his mandate "[...] Me Jovenel Moïse, Head of State, I will not let go of the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers.
[...] I ask the CSPN to continue to make arrangements to stop all the drug dealers, the people who burn the police, who mourn and terrorize the population."
Then he reiterated his openness to dialogue to find a solution to the crisis, a dialogue that has so far been rejected by the opposition "The country is suffering too much. I open my arms to all those who agree with me, come to sit and talk, seek a broad consensus to find a political agreement that resolves the problems that upset the country.
I ask all the forces of the Nation to join me [...] to make changes for the benefit of the Haitian people, in a real dialogue [...]"
Following the broadcast of this address to the nation, sporadic automatic gunfire resounded in the capital and new burning barricades were erected, AFP reported.
An hour after the intervention of President Moïse , the US State Department, which has obviously not reassured the Trump administration, raised its level of alert to US travelers at level 4 (on a scale of 4) which is without appeal and which states "Do not travel in Haiti". Recall that in the day of Thursday, the US authorities ordered the repatriation of non-essential diplomats and their families.