Here is a picture of Delimart Plaza in Delmas 32, Port-au-Prince, Haiti being looted during a protest over fuel price increase on July 7, 2018.
On Friday, July 6, 2018, when the Haitian Commerce Ministry and Economic Ministry issued a joint statement announcing an increase of 38%, 47% and 51% price for gasoline, diesel, and kerosene respectively, it triggered days of violent civil unrest and demonstrations. Major protests erupted in the country with demonstrators using burning tires and barricades to block major streets across the capital and in the northern city of Cap-Haitien. Dozens of shops were looted and burned and cars were set ablaze. At least four people were killed.
Western Premiere hotel in Petion-Ville was ransacked, banks and stores in Delmas were looted, and many flights were either cancelled or rescheduled.
On Saturday, July 17, 2018, looters pillaged burned and vandalized Delimart Plaza. Delimart Plaza is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. The superstore was founded by Dr. Reginald Boulos in 2000 who is a medical doctor and former chairman of Intercontinental S.A. Since its foundation the shop kept growing to become the biggest supermarket chain in the entire city. It the best place for quality goods at the lowest price, especially the one at Delmas 32, Delimart is comparable to any Publix or Walmart grocery stores in the U.S as far as the range of products and prices are concerned. However, unfortunately, this shop has been completely destroyed by the violent agitators.
The local management is presently engaged in quantifying the damages, both in financial and human terms. As per news dated, July 11, 2018, the Delimart S.A has announced that their properties located in various locations in Haiti such as in Delmas 32, Delmas 30 and Clercine were looted and some burned. The management has decided to keep their shops closed until further notice. The Directorate General of Delimart is aware of the precarious and difficult situations that will arise due to this closure.
This closure of the stores will severely and lastingly affect hundreds of direct and indirect jobs. The local suppliers will bear the brunt of the negative effects. Moreover, the entire national economy will suffer with the rise of the unemployment rate as about 673 people will lose jobs in the stores due to this indefinite closure.
As the Consultative Commission created by President Michel Martelly are working to find a solution to the current electoral crisis, conflict rises between two of its members
Gabriel Fortuné went public before the commission gave its final report to denounce the behavior of the Coordinator, Dr. Reginald Boulos,
Gabriel Fortuné wants all political prisoners to be released before he sign any document.
The Consultative Commission that issued recommendations to President Michel Martelly was set up by his decree on Monday, December 1. Their mission was to find a viable, appeasing solution for the nation to the political crisis, and then present these to the President for his review. Following its formation, the Commission had meetings with the Senate Bureau, the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, and the Head of State. A statement of its reaching a verdict was issued by Dr. Reginald Boulos, and the recommendations were made to the President.
President Michel Martelly received officially the result of the consultative commission on December 9, 2014
Haiti commission calling for Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to resign. In addition, other recommendations were made, including that the Supreme Court president and all the present Provisional Electoral Council members also resign before December 25, 2014. It must be noted that no recommendation was put forward that coincided with the opposition's solution of the President himself stepping down. There was a similar call, however, for a number of political prisoners held at random, and who have not yet been put before a judge, to be released at once.
All this was announced at a press conference at which the President stated that there wasn't a sacrifice too high he was unwilling to make for the country. He presented the commission's recommendations and said he would have to think over it for the next two days. Prime Minister Lamothe was noticeably missing from this conference.
Here is a picture of the Consultative commission put in place by President Michel Martelly. They are probably the last hope before the country falls into total KO
Here are the names:
This commission consists of the following members:
Gérard Gourgues, Patrick Aris, Evans Paul, Chavannes Jeune, Paul Loulou Chéry, Odette Roy Fombrun, Gabriel Fortuné, Réginald Boulos, Rony Mondestin, Charles Suffra and Ogé Beauvoir
Haiti President Martelly's discussions with political and social factions have proved fruitless to break a deadlock to ease political tensions and persuade six opposition senators to pass an amendment to an electoral law. Because the legislators refuse to fill a quorum of the required 16 needed to hold a session to pass legislation, no elections can be held. By January 12th of next year only 10 senators will be left, effectively shutting down Parliament. It is possible Martelly could rule by Presidential decree, unless he decides to extend the term of Parliament.
Despite the threat of a Martelly dictatorship, extremists won't negotiate with him. Their strategy is to build a nation-wide protest movement to force him out of office. In Gonaïves pro-government demonstrators ordered the opposition-six senators to pass the amended electoral law so elections can quickly be held to avoid a constitutional crisis.
Here is a picture of the president of Chamber of Commerce and industry in haiti, Mr. R ginald Boulos.
He was one of the people who fought not to raise the minimum salary in Haiti. Doctor R ginald Boulos who represents the private sector in Haiti does not want to adjust the minimum salary. He agues that this current salary helps to create jobs in Haiti
Here is a list of the people that forms the Commission Consultative created by President Michel Martelly on November 28, 2014.
The government of Michel Martelly has taken a bold decision to try to resolve the current crisis in Haiti. He formed a Commission Consultative with the objective to collect the results of all the meetings with various sectors of the population and make a recommendation to the president based on the results of these meetings.
Here is the list of people included in this Commission:
Msr Patrick Harris
Pastor Jean Chavannes Jeune
Paul Loulou Chery
Odette Roy Fombrun
President Martelly called these people credible honest that the Haitian society trusts. The Commission Consultative will help the government to make a decision that he believes will be better for Haiti and will allow to find a situation to be crisis
The commission will have a total of 8 days to make their recommendation to the executive branch
According to WikiLeaks Haiti, Haitian business organizations and members of the country's elite used the Haitian police as their own private army after the 2004 coup D'Etat that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
This was based on secret US Embassy cable. It reported that Fritz Mevs told the Embassy that the president of the Haitian Chamber of Commerce, Reginald Boulos, had distributed arms to Haiti national police and had called on others to do so in order to provide cover to his own actions.