Haiti's President Moïse Was Killed By Foreigners 'Who Spoke Spanish', Preliminary Assessment Shows
A two-week state of emergency has been declared in the Caribbean nation as the government mounts a manhunt for the killers who slew Moïse and injured his wife, Martine, at their home outside the capital of Port-au-Prince. Joseph also declared 15 days of mourning, from July 8 through July 22.
- carry out searches in the home of any person for the purpose of gathering all information allowing the apprehension of the assassins of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Jovenel Moïse
- prohibit all meetings they deem likely to stir up or maintain disorder in the territory of the Republic
- control access to traffic lanes
- strengthen security systems
- take any generally unspecified measures allowing to arrest the assassins of the Head of State
Video from President Jovenel #Moïse's assassination in #Haiti.— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) July 7, 2021
The assassins claimed to be DEA; spoke a mix of Spanish & English with a US accent. Haiti's government says highly trained foreign attackers involved. All borders & airports shut.
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However, those words might not bring comfort to many Haitians' ears: months of mass protests have demanded the US end its support for Moïse, which they said was responsible for his unpopular government being kept in power. Moreover, in 1915, when Haiti's then-president, Vilbrun Guillaume Sam, was killed in an uprising provoked by his execution of rebel leaders, then-US President Woodrow Wilson invaded the country with US Marines, who established a puppet military regime that ruled the country until 1934, resulting in the deaths of more than 15,000 Haitians.
Moïse's election campaign was likely financed by Martelly's alleged embezzlement of the PetroCaribe fund, but even then election irregularities delayed his inauguration by a year, leading him to claim that his term should last until February 2022, not 2021, as the country’s Superior Judicial Council ruled and many Haitians felt was the case. The US State Department and United Nations both backed Moise's claim of an extended term, however, and have continued to do business with his government even as increasingly deadly violence was deployed against protesters both by Haitian security forces and bands of armed gangsters.