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Unrest in Haiti, Again

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A "gang" murdered the President of Haitis and critically wounded his wife in an attack on their residence last night. As can be seen in this report, reproduced under the Fair Dealings provision of the Copyright Act, the situation is unclear.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday, according to a statement from the country's interim prime minister, who called the killing a "hateful, inhumane and barbaric act."

First Lady Martine Moise was shot in the overnight attack and hospitalized, interim Premier Claude Joseph said.

Even before the assassination, Haiti had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moise. The president ruled by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections and the opposition demanded he step down in recent months.


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"The country's security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti," Joseph said in a statement from his office. "Democracy and the republic will win."

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, the streets were largely empty in the Caribbean nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, but some people ransacked businesses in one area.

Joseph said police have been deployed to the National Palace and the upscale community of Petionville and will be sent to other areas.

Joseph condemned the assassination as a "hateful, inhumane and barbaric act." In the statement, he said some of the attackers spoke in Spanish but offered no further explanation. He later said in a radio address that they spoke Spanish or English, again offering no details.

The White House described the attack as "horrific" and "tragic" and said it was still gathering information on what happened. U.S. President Joe Biden will be briefed later Wednesday by his national security team, spokesperson Jen Psaki said during an interview on MSNBC.

"The message to the people of Haiti is this is a tragic tragedy," she during a previously scheduled interview on CNN. "It's a horrific crime and we're so sorry for the loss that they are all suffering and going through as many of them are waking up this morning and hearing this news. And we stand ready and stand by them to provide any assistance that's needed."

Haiti's economic, political and social woes have deepened recently, with gang violence spiking heavily in Port-au-Prince, inflation spiraling and food and fuel becoming scarcer at times in a country where 60% of the population makes less than US$2 a day. These troubles come as Haiti still tries to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew that struck in 2016.

Opposition leaders accused Moise, who was 53, of seeking to increase his power, including by approving a decree that limited the powers of a court that audits government contracts and another that created an intelligence agency that answers only to the president.

In recent months, opposition leaders demanded the he step down, arguing that his term legally ended in February 2021. Moise and supporters maintained that his term began when he took office in early 2017, following a chaotic election that forced the appointment of a provisional president to serve during a year-long gap.

Haiti was scheduled to hold general elections later this year.
 

NavyShooter

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Country gets bailed out.

Country goes to hell.

Country gets bailed out.

Country goes to hell.

I wish it wasn't such a terrible repetitive cycle...the folks that live there have got to be just...well...tired of it all.
 

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You're missing the occasional devastating hurricane in between one of those country goes to hell.
 

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Likely was the bodyguards, having bodyguards that will stay bought or our loyal to you is always an issue in those places.
Yeah, ask Indira Ghandi how that worked out…
 

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Our former Governor-General, Michaelle Jean says the investigation into the assassination will require international support because the country's national police service has been infiltrated by criminal organizations https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mi...sassination-president-investigation-1.6094891

I would not be surprised if she is right now talking to the PM about sending Canadian support of some kind (Military, RCMP, Financial...)
 

Old Sweat

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All things considered, i would not be the least bit surprised. Might even be a few votes in it.
 

Colin Parkinson

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Make a commitment to take over the government, military and police force for 40 years, focus on incremental improvements while you educate the next generation into the leaders capable of running the country properly. Start by allowing municipal elections, then provincial and then finally Federal. Be prepared to come down hard, but at the same time build roads, electricity, schools, clinics. Leave the feel good and Kumbya behind. Otherwise stay out and just air drop some occasional aid.
 

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Some suspects have been arrested. One may be an American citizen.


Looks like a mercenary group.

Do they happen to be sporting an appalling range of headdress?

by The Expendables GIF Set
 

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We should * looks at the number of eligible-to-vote Haitian-Canadians in Liberal ridings * send in the army!
What's that a 20 year class B in Haiti? Sounds great! All those Exercises in west/east isle have prepared us for it.
 
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