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Haitian among the protesters caught with Machete

Haitian among the protesters caught with Machete

Here is a Haitian caught by the police during a protest against the election results.

Most Haitians and opposition parties are of opinion that the presidential election of October 25th and its published result are a sure mark of treachery committed by the outgoing President Martelly and his men. Regular protest against this "electoral coup d'état" on the streets has become a regular affair. On one of such similar demonstrations of protest on November 20th, a gang of about 20 hooded men in a white pickup (license plate number 1-00692) armed with machetes, hammers, pipes and guns, attacked the marchers of several opposition parties in the Delmas 95 district. The police present on the spot turned a blind eye. A young man was shot dead and one marcher was wounded in the head by a machete. The Haitian police have arrested a demonstrator with machetes at the end of a march in Port-au-Prince.

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PHTK gets violent by throwing stones at Radio Caraibes building

PHTK gets violent by throwing stones at Radio Caraibes building

PHTK protesters launched slaugans against journalist, radio show host Jean Monard Methelus and threw stones on the building, breaking several windows.

On Saturday, May 14, 216, the supporters of former President Martelly shouted slogans against journalist and radio show host Jean Monard Methelus and threw stones on the Radio Caraibes building, breaking several windows. It appears that PHTK, the Political Party of former President Michel Martelly, no longer believes in non-violent protests. The violent protest was led by Fednel Monchery of Repons Peyizan and Jude Lajoie of Platfom Viktwa-- both are defenders of Martelly's handpicked presidential candidate Jovenel Moses. PHTK has already disapproved the audit commission created by the provisional president Privert to check the credibility of the election. The agitators were demanding to continue the controversial election which is presently under the scanner of the verification commission. However, the demonstrators consider this delay caused by the audit/verification is in violation of the accord signed earlier, as it is nothing but a step to cancel the earlier election held in the Martelly regime.

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Stones and bottles thrown towards Haitian Parliament

Stones and bottles thrown towards Haitian Parliament

Here is a picture of a protest paking place on June 21, 2016 where some stones and bottles thrown towards the Haitian Parliament

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Himmler Rebu at anti-Aristide government demonstrators

Himmler Rebu at anti-Aristide government demonstrators

November, 2002, Himmler Rebu, an ex-Haitian Army colonel, of Haiti's National Progressive Democratic Party, addressing a march of anti-Aristide government demonstrators.

Himmler Rebu is an ex-Haitian Army colonel in the leopard unit who jointly led the Platform of Haitian Patriots in the 2010-11 general elections with Dejean Balisaire and their party own 1 seat. Rebu led a coup attempt in 1989 against a provisional military government, and since then he kept a low profile until he was resurfaced again on November 17, 2002. On that day, he was seen addressing in a march of 15,000 anti-government demonstrators along with Evans Paul demanding Aristide's exit. Rebu told his audience to "Rise up." He said, he cannot maintain his silence because Aristide is ruining the country. He also accused then Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide behind the assassination of Haitian journalists Jean Dominique and Brignol Lindor at an anti-government rally in Cap-Haitien. Rebu claims that he has always been against any disorder irrespective of the nature of the chaos, whether it is in intellectual, political or in tactical field.

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Ex Haitian soldier stoned to death by demonstrators

Ex Haitian soldier stoned to death by demonstrators

Here is a picture where an Ex Haitian soldier became victim during an anti-government demonstrators.

Martelly was due to leave his office within February 7th, but the squabbled politicians of the country failed to complete the recent election process with a runoff and elect a successor for the outgoing President Martelly. Some of the weak opposition leaders are demanding the comeback of former President Aristide as an interim leader as a replacement. We might remember that Aristide disbanded the Haitian army in 1995 in an attempt to end the military dominance over the Haitian politicians, because it had records of toppling governments since the Haitian independence two centuries earlier. Aristide was twice ousted in coups; lastly he was toppled by a US-backed military coup back in 2004. The politicians are also discussing several other options like appointing a Supreme Court judge or a new prime minister to run an interim government. Last year, Martelly energized the former army men by taking steps to revive the armed forces and he has repeatedly pledged that it would be revived to protect the border, coastlines and the country's few remaining forests. However, as per the news report, the ex-military people were rallying in support of both the outgoing President Michel Martelly and his hand-picked candidate Jovenel Moïse for the next presidential race. While driving through the capital in convoys, some of them were waving weapons and firing into the air. The victim was carrying a small card bearing the image of ruling-party candidate Jovenel Moise.

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Himmler Rebu, Evans Paul in Anti-Aristide march, Cap-Haitian

Himmler Rebu, Evans Paul in Anti-Aristide march, Cap-Haitian

Here is a picture taken in on November 17, 2002 in Cap-Haitian. As you can see in the picture ex-Haitian Army colonel in the leopard unit Himmler Rebu with Haitian activist, political figure and leader of the Democratic Unity Convention party Evans Paul. This took place during a anti government protest. It was organized by the opposition of the Aristide government with the objective to apply more pressure on the government of Jean Bertrand Aristide. Over 15,000 anti-government demonstrators were estimated to take part in this protest.

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Fritz Jean protesting against MICHEL MARTELLY government

Fritz Jean protesting against MICHEL MARTELLY government

Here is a picture of the former governor of BNH, Fritz Jean, on October 7, 2012 as he was protesting in the streets in Cap-Haitian with several hundreds of people protesting against the administration of Michel Martelly. During an interview as he was protesting, Mr. Fritz Jean confirmed that the protest initiated by the people against the government of Michel Martelly is legitimate and that his presence among the protesters as an economist means that he is observing the condition of the population

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How a day of protest starts in Haiti

How a day of protest starts in Haiti

Have you ever wondered why people in Haiti start their protest march the way they do?

'Damballah' is one of the most important of all the loa, the father of all the rest of the loa and the oldest of the voodoo pantheon existing from the beginning of time. It is the 'great master', creator of life that rules mind, wisdom and cosmic equilibrium and often called the most important god of the voodoo. Voodoo is the predominant religion of Haiti. The spirits are central to the practice of voodoo. This religion is a mixture of religions from Africa and Catholicism. Many Christian beliefs, traditions and figures have been incorporated into voodoo. 'Damballah' is the source of peace and tranquility. In Haiti, Damballah is known to be a very wise and pure lwa (or Loa, the spirits of Haitian Voodoo). Ayida-Weddo, the rainbow, is the wife, perfect mate and regular companion of Damballah. 'Their combined presence has the ability to calm the crowds, relax the senses and bring positive changes. 'Damballah Wedo', is represented by a snake or serpent; when it possesses a human, the person cannot speak but only hisses and whistles.

Damballa is protective, wise, benevolent and loving. Aida-Wedo, the Lwa of rainbows, or the rainbow serpent is the symbol of integration. In Haiti, protest usually begins with Damballah Wedo' symbol. Firstly, someone from the protesting crowd draws the voodoo symbol of "Damballah-Wedo" in the middle of the street, then a campfire is set at the center of the sign and the protesters participate in song while turning around the fire. Damballah with superhuman power possess the ability to tap and manipulate certain occult energies; can bestow power to his mortal followers.

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Moise Jean Charles on horseback riding during Protest

Moise Jean Charles on horseback riding during Protest

Here is a picture of former Senator Moise Jean Charles on horseback riding during Protest.

Two Haitian presidential candidates, Senator Steven Benoit and former Senator Moise Jean-Charles have accused Haitian police of firing them at point blank during a protest against the alleged fraud committed in the country's recent presidential election. As per Senator Benoit's statement, he was hit in his head and three other places by rubber bullets. A third candidate has said, he and his supporters were threatened with arrest by the police. On Wednesday, November 18th, the presidential candidates from three opposition parties had organized their supporters to demand the cancellation of October 25th election or removal of the government backed presidential candidate Jovenel Moise, a candidate from the outgoing President Martelly's Tet Kale political party.

As per Senator Benoit's statement, they were particularly targeted by the police in the crowd. The police fired rubber bullets at both the Senators Steven Benoit and Moise Jean-Charles while dispersing the protesters with tear gas. Since the publication of preliminary results between November 5th and 12th, there were at least 20 protest demonstrations and this was the largest of all protests, organized by three political parties.

However, as per Frantz Lerebours, a spokesperson of the Haitian police, the police were "obligated to break up the protest", because, the protesters approached "a sterile zone,"- the Provisional Electoral Council's Petionville headquarters in the capital city.

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Moise Jean Charles wounded during protest

Moise Jean Charles wounded during protest

Here is a pictur of former Senator Moise Jean Charlesas he was wounded during a protest taking place on November 18, 2015.

Since the publication of preliminary results between November 5th and 12th, at least twenty protest demonstrations have been organized in 7 days. Some of the main claims associated with these 20 demonstrations were: Complaints of expulsion from the electoral race; Denunciation of handling of the minutes; Denunciation of ballot stuffing; and Release of Pitit Dessalines supporters, arrested and held in custody. Teams of researchers with supports of Brazil-based Igarape Institute have conducted two surveys, one immediately following the election on October 25th and another on November 5th, after the announcement of preliminary results. Eighty two percent of the exit poll voters were agreed on the Election Day that the election was fair, there was no fraud. However, when the same voters were asked after the result on November 5th, Ninety percent of them said they now disagree with the earlier statement.

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