"The people are organizing their own defense", says Fritz Alphonse Jean

Le drapeau de la république d'Haïti.PHOTO : Radio-Canada


By Les faits d'abord, Radio-Canada, April 29, 2023

The people of Haiti are exasperated by the increasing violence of criminal gangs. Residents of a Port-au-Prince neighborhood have captured, stoned and burned alive 13 members of these groups. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that insecurity in Haiti has reached levels "comparable to those of countries in war situations".

According to Fritz Alphonse Jean, former Prime Minister of Haiti and President of the Montana Accord, "the people no longer have confidence" in the institutions and "[they] are taking justice into their own hands". Fritz Alphonse Jean believes there is a direct link between the current Haitian government and the armed gangs. He explains why he is calling for Canada to withdraw its support for Ariel Henry's government.

Bob Rae, Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, believes that responsibility must lie with the current Haitian government, and that the Haitian people must "find solutions within the country".


Translated by CHIP editors


Posted June 16, 2023