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Haiti - Social : Monday, a day at high risk...
17/11/2013 13:07:54

Haiti - Social : Monday, a day at high risk...
Rony Timothée, the Spokesman of the popular organization "Fòs Patriyotik pou Respè Konstitisyon" (FOPARK) confirmed the anti-government demonstration on Monday in the streets of Port-au-Prince, stating that the claims were the same as the last event of November 7, namely the departure of the Head of State, the revocation of Me Franscisco René, the current Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince and the release of political prisoners [?]. Affirming "with or without the permission of the Police, the event will take place [...] the mobilization will not stop, we are determined to conduct the struggle to the end." Several politicians including Senator Moïse Jean-Charles and Deputy Arnel Bélizaire expressed their support to the protests of November 18. In Port-au-Prince, the event will begin before the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bel-Air, and will pass through the towns of Delmas and Petionville and ends at the Champ de Mars.

For its part the "Patriotic Movement of the Democratic Opposition" (MOPOD), which includes the main political parties of the opposition (OPL, INITE, RDNP, PLH, PROP, Ayisyen pou Ayiti, KID, Ansanm Nou Fo) indicated that its platform wholeheartedly supported the protests launched by several opposition groups.

André Fadot, the spokesman of the National Movement of Popular Opposition, called the National Police of Haiti, to assume its responsibilities by ensuring the safety of protesters. Deputies Romial Smith and Guy Gérard Georges abound in the same sense calling on the authorities to respect the right to protest and to ensure the safety of the protesters, whether opposition or pro-government.

In Cap-Haitien, the Collective that organizes the demonstration has renewed its call for the mobilization of the population, despite the statements of the local police, which made know that did not have the means to secure the demonstration because of the many activities planned that day in the city to commemorate the 210th anniversary of Vertière. Protesters are also planning to lay a wreath of flowers at the monument Vertières...

For its part, the pro-government sector does not intend to let the concrete only to opposition protests and confirms cons demonstrations in support to the Government, will be organized. Thus, the political platform "Repon peyizan" has aligned its fourth anniversary with a weekend of mobilization, November 15 to 19, to support the Martelly government. For his part, Rosemond Jean, the National Coordinator of "National des Sociétaires Victimes des Coopératives", also announes a
cons-demonstration in Port-au-Prince. Also a platform called "Toutes les bases de Cité Soleil" says its wants to support the Government Martelly nd intends to demonstrate in the streets, with as destination Petion-ville, step also provided for the manifestation of the opposition...

As the tension is growing on the eve of Monday, that announces a "very hot asphalt", the PNH Saturday launched an appeal for calm, fearing clashes between supporters and opponents of President Michel Martelly during demonstrations planned in several cities "There are possibilities for crossings of demonstrators of different sensitivities. We will make arrangements with our limited means to ensure safety, but we ask event organizers to work with the police to avoid violence," declared a spokesman of the PNH.

The United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has also published Saturday, a statement, urging the parties to avoid clashes and emphasizing his concern about the upsurge in violence. Urging all Haitians, civil society and other actors, including political, religious and community leaders, to continue working for the establishment of a non-violent State in Haiti.

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