By Yves Pierre-Louis, Haiti Liberté, June 29, 2016
A climate of terror descended on the Haitian capital last week after a spate of armed robberies, pot-shots at corporate buildings, and attacks against foreigners. In recent weeks, heavily armed commandos have carried out many assaults with the clear objective of politically destabilizing the interim government of President Jocelerme Privert.
The violence comes after several provocative public statements by partisans and allies of former President Michel Martelly’s Haitian Bald Headed Party (PHTK) such as former departmental delegate and Martelly representative in the Southern Department Gabriel Fortuné, , Martelly’s former de facto Prime Minister Evans Paul, Senate candidate and paramilitary leader who led “rebels” in the 2004 coup Guy Philippe, indicted-for-fraud pro-Martelly activist and Viktwa party leader Odo Lajoie, and Peasant Response party coordinator Fednel Monchery.
After Guy Philippe’s paramilitaries carried out a deadly May 16 attack on the Aux Cayes police station, Gabriel Fortuné declared that the commandos had the wrong target. They should have attacked the National Palace, the Prime Minister’s office, and the Parliament, he said.
Evans Paul used wordplay (composer ou décomposer pour ne pas être déposé) to tell Privert to make a deal with Martelly’s allies or be deposed. Since then, the Haitian people have endured nights of terror.