17:45 GMT +326 February 2017
    Demonstrators run during a protest demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince

    'The People Are Just Fed Up': Haiti on Brink of Bloody Revolution

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    Haiti's current government, in an effort to suppress an uprising over alleged voter fraud, may "deploy terror in an effort to break the spirit of the people," international journalist Kim Ives told Radio Sputnik.

    Haiti is in the midst of a political crisis, with protesters demanding new elections amid allegations of fraud in the first two rounds of elections held on August 9 and October 25. A third round was scheduled for January 24, but was canceled after tens of thousands of protestors flooded the streets of the capital city of Port au Prince.

    Ives, co-founder and editor of the international weekly newspaper Haiti Liberté, said in an interview with Radio Sputnik's "Loud & Clear" that last week's uprising marked the "beginning of a revolutionary period in Haiti."

    "The people are just fed up. They really want a thoroughgoing change. They want, not just a change at the level of government, but at the level of social relations, of property. … I think we’re at the beginning of a period where we’re going to see of a lot of change in Haiti," he said.

    However, he added, the government of outgoing President Michel Martelly, who is scheduled to leave office on February 7, may resort to "death squad tactics" to resolve the current crisis.

    A police source told Ives that there was a meeting Monday at the National Palace, the official residence of the president, during which current government officials "distributed money, guns and cars to a death squad to go out and kill popular organization leaders and … middle of the road politicians and blame it on the opposition."

    "This will create a pretext of course for more repression and create confusion," Ives said.

    The threat of instability in Haiti prompted the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday to authorize a special mission to help the troubled nation find a way out of the political crisis and set a new date for a runoff election.

    In Washington, the OAS permanent council reached consensus on sending the mission to Haiti to assist with resolving a stalemate now that elections have been postponed indefinitely and President Martelly is due to leave office in days.

    Haiti's ambassador to the OAS, Bocchit Edmond, said the request was not an invitation to "meddle" in Haitian affairs but was intended to help the country avoid "falling into an institutional vacuum and chaos."

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    • avatar
      Guess who is paying.
    • avatar
      Here is the problem with Haiti, I have been there a number of times and seen it first hand. Small island, NO vegetation it is totally deforested, nothing but light brown dirt that nothing grows in. To big of a population on that island for it's self to maintain, they can't even catch enough fish to feed them self's. The population is for the most part illiterate, uneducated just like back in Africa. The International community keeps giving these people food money to continue doing what they been doing for the last 100 year, it's a dead end cycle. I proposed 20 years ago to remove every last person on that half of the island, send them back to Africa, South America, but get them off the island and then start the reforestation process. Keep it that way, don't let the Dominican Republic move in, just get it green again and keep it that way. As much as you all don't like to hear it, this is the only option that will work on that island because Haiti from it's conception to the present day has been nothing but a failed nation.
    • in reply tobuckwheatisback(Show commentHide comment)
      buckwheatisback, I think that cia is behind that (same thing happened a decade ago with Aristide). www.voltairenet.org/article11918.html the us and their madness.
    • Dmitry
      a Nation of Negroes
      of course it sucks
    • Mother Gorilla
      The Americans are behind it!
    • avatar
      Given the numerous times the Outlaw US Empire's invaded, destroyed Haitian institutions and terrorized the populous then installed obliging compradors, there's no wonder why the Haitians have reached the end of their rope, see they have nothing to lose, and will replicate their initial revolt that ended their enslavement by France. First place to attack: The US Embassy.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      This is how greed plays out when people can be bought and then directed to run the place into the ground. Run into the ground is an understatement for Haiti. There are those who need the promise of financial bliss in order to do something. Foolishness.
    • Mother Gorilla
      Isn't it the same all over the world? Vote, don't vote, but get clubbered!
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