Haiti: American flag burned in Port-au-Prince

“Down with America! Long live Poutine! “Haitian protesters are asking Russia for help against the ruling regime, which they called the “puppet of the United States”.

An AFP report in French broadcast over the weekend shows surprising photographs of Haitians burning American flags, while unrest and chaos persisted, particularly in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

For a few days now, almost all major Haitian cities have been “blocked” by mass demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Jovenal Moise, the same person who Haitian demonstrators accuse of corruption and mismanagement of the country, with rampant inflation to his credit.

Unlike Venezuela, where the United States immediately announced its support for the rioters supporting Juan Guaido, former head of the National Assembly who proclaimed himself president in office, and Haiti, Washington has supported the head of state, who has been the subject of criticism and popular anger since 2017.

The AFP report describes some of the anti-American elements of the demonstrations.

A group of demonstrators burned an American flag on Friday afternoon in the heart of the Haitian capital, calling on Russia to help resolve the crisis that had paralyzed the country for more than a week.

The demonstrator who set fire to the American flag told AFP: “We ask Russia, Venezuela and China to take a look at the misery in which we live here. »

These demonstrators denounce a Haitian policy that has long depended on Washington, calling on Russia and China.

According to some 200 participants in the rally, former Haitian President Michel Martelly and his successor, current head of state Jovenel Moise, came to power with the help of the United States.

Over the weekend, the White House announced its support for the government of Jovenel Moise, calling for calm for Haitian protesters.

Weeks ago, Washington began to exert great pressure on Port-au-Prince to break ties with Nicolas Maduro’s legitimate government in Venezuela. And these pressures seem to have paid off.

Earlier this month, the Haitian government gave in to US pressure, fuelling rage among protesters, many of whom were already angry about the negative impacts that US oil sanctions imposed on Venezuela would have on Haiti.

Thus, the Jovenal Moise government’s compliance with the United States was in fact the straw that broke the camel’s back in a politically complex scandal, and which gained momentum following the PetroCaribe agreement. In fact, the Haitian government is accused of corruption in the financial management of this agreement.

In recent days, the U.S. State Department has also urged all U.S. citizens in Haiti to leave the country, asking other U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Haiti.

 

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