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NB: This is about the under-reported November 7th protest against Martelly-Lamothe, in which at least one protestor was shot. A new protest is scheduled for today, November 18th.
Although the Haitian President gets blamed for everything, it is the Prime Minister who really heads the Haitian government. So, blame for many problems should fall squarely upon Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, because it is his government:
“The Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti is the head of government of Haiti. The Haitian Prime Minister is appointed by the President and ratified by the National Assembly. He or she appoints the Ministers and Secretaries of State and goes before the National Assembly to obtain a vote of confidence for his declaration of general policy. The Prime Minister enforces the laws and, along with the President, is responsible for national defense.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_Haiti And, if Martelly goes, Lamothe becomes president, unless he is also removed. It is important to note that both the Senate and Chamber of Deputies Inquest Commissions have called for the Impeachment (trial) of both President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe in relation to the suspicious death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph. It appears to be in this context that the protestors say that they are supporting the Senate. The Senate approved the call for impeachment of Martelly and Lamothe. The Chamber of Deputies still needs to vote on the Commission recommendations.
The following is based on our translation of a Radio Kiskeya article, published in association with the above video:
Several Thousand Anti-Martelly-Lamothe Protesters Thursday in Port-au-Prince (As reported on Friday November 8, 2013)
Several were injured, at least one by bullet, following the action of ambush-snipers, according to protestors
A new anti-government protest was held Thursday in Port-au-Prince, uniting thousands of demonstrators, at the call of pro-Lavalas organizations “Movman Gran Bele” and “Fos Patriyotik pou Respekte Konstitisyon an” (FOPARK), supported by “Mouvman Nsyonal Oganizasyon Popile” and the “Mouvement Patriotique de l’Opposition Democratique (MOPOD).
After a long march punctuated by incidents, the demonstrators were dispersed by tear gas at Champ de Mars near the National Palace (seat of the Presidency). Some were injured and at least one was shot.
The entire length of the parade route, the protestors chanted slogans hostile to President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who they demanded to resign as quickly as possible.
The protestors were heading toward Petionville, town which has the reputation for being the place where the financially well to do live. Despite well known changes recorded demographically and from regional planning, Petionville, which today counts numerous shanty-towns, is still considered by certain social strata as where the “rich” reside. It’s in Petionville where the President and many of his collaborators live.
Major incidents were recorded at the Carrefour de l’aéroport, at the top of Delmas and at the entrance to Petionville where, it seems, sharp-shooter ambushers opened fire on the protestors and threw rocks at them. Some protestors retaliated by throwing rocks. They quickly reassembled to continue their march to Petionville where the doors of most shops were closed.
At the same time as the protest at Port-au-Prince, people protested against hunger at Anse-à-Galets (Ile de La Gonâve, Gulf of Port-au-Prince).
French original on which this is mostly based is here:
“Des blessés, dont au moins un par balle, suite à l’action de tireurs embusqués, selon les manifestants.” Publié le jeudi 7 novembre 2013. [jmd/RK] http://www.radiokiskeya.com/spip.php?article9861
Our summary based on translation of two AlterPresse Articles, which were live reporting, on site, in Haiti, Thursday, November 7, 2013:
In the early afternoon of Thursday Nov 7, 2013, a situation of tension reigned at the entrance to the municipality of Petionville, where gunshots and rock throwing sowed panic among the anti-Martelly protesters, observed AlterPresse. The protesters left Bel Air, lower class area of Port-au-Prince, with one hundred people, which tended to grow, as the parade progressed, to reach several thousand protestors. The protestors were heading toward Petionville, known as a zone of the economic and commercial elite of the country where social protest activities are rarely organized. At the entrance to Petionville, a cordon of riot police (Cimo) greeted them.
Around 13:23 local time (18:23 GMT), Thursday, 7 November 2013, non-identified individuals threw stones on the crowd of protesters who were starting to enter into Petionville. This led to an intense panic. Vendors, school children, the curious, passersby, as well as the protestors ran in all directions to try to find shelter.
A few minutes earlier between Delmas 60 and Delmas 95, gunshots were heard. The protestors were also hit with rocks, to which they responded by throwing rocks towards the houses.
Even before the protest had started two trucks of riot police were dispatched. A witness reported that the police attempted to throw tear gas on demonstrators before they even left, which almost led to a confrontation with the police.
The demonstrators who say that they want to support the Senate in its work announced other protest movements, in the streets, on Monday November 18, 2013 (which is the 210th anniversary of the last battle leading to the independence of Haiti and the 16 December 2013 (recalling the 23rd anniversary of the election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the Presidency).
“Haïti-Protestation : Tension à Pétionville, au sein d’une foule de milliers de manifestants anti-Martelly“, jeudi 7 novembre 2013 [jep kft rc apr 07/11/2013 13:30] http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article15430#.UoAu0bK9KSM
“Haïti-Manifestation : De Port-au-Prince, plus d’une centaine de personnes marchent en direction de Pétionville“, jeudi 7 novembre 2013 [jep kft rc apr 07/11/2013 11:00] http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article15428#.UoAumbK9KSM