New protests against the Government of Jovenel Moise in Haiti

The tension and tension experienced in previous days of protest in Haiti was considerably reduced this Friday in a mobilization called in Port-au-Prince by the opposition to demand the departure of President Jovenel Moise from power.

The umpteenth “march against the dictatorship” started from the Champs de Mars square, located in front of the Presidential Palace, with a festive air, including a music band, in the direction of the Carrefour commune, in the metropolitan area of ​​the Haitian capital, a recurring scene of mobilizations.

The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, affirmed this Friday that he will remain in power until February 7, 2022, despite the fact that the opposition considers that his mandate ended last Sunday, the day on which the Government denounced that opponents were plotting a coup.

In a chain of messages on Twitter, Moise stressed that he will maintain the electoral calendar that he has planned for this year and stressed that this “will not be modified” as a result of the attempts of a “minority” that has tried to “take power illegally and by violent means “.

“At the end of my term, on February 7, 2022, an elected president will succeed me. The Haitian people will have the right this year to free and inclusive elections to choose their leaders,” said Moise.

Moise is pushing for the drafting of a new constitution, which according to his plans will be submitted to a referendum in April, and has called legislative and presidential elections for September.

Regarding the draft Constitution, he said that it is not his project, “but that of the whole of society.”

The president asserted that this “democratic process will go to the end and will not be modified by a transitional regime, regardless of any democratic rule. This is not how democracy works.”

Moise thus alluded to the interim president appointed by the opposition last Monday to lead the “transition”, Judge Joseph Mécènes Jean Louis.

That appointment, only recognized by the opposition, came a day after Moise announced a score of arrests of opponents and denounced the existence of a plot to carry out a coup and attempt on his life.

“In recent days, a minority of people who thought they could destabilize the rule of law and Haitian democracy have tried to take power illegally using violent means. The truth must be restored,” he said.

Next, Moise stated that “calm has returned to Haiti” and appreciated that “some demonstrations were carried out, supervised by the Police”, highlighting that the agents used tear gas “as in the whole world”, but “without no serious injury is to be regretted. “

Last Monday, two journalists were wounded by gunshots during a demonstration near the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, among them Méus Jeanril, from Télé Pam, was shot in the belly and Alvarès Destiné, from Actualités Locales TV, in the hand.

Since Sunday, there have been daily protests in Port-au-Prince, although in the past two days they have lost intensity.

The opposition forces have called a new demonstration, which they hope will be massive, for next Sunday.