US Dark Forces Behind Assassination of Haiti’s President?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Few people anywhere suffered longer under ruthless regimes than Haitians.
For over 500 years, they’ve endured oppression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, embargoes, sanctions, deep poverty, starvation, unrepayable debt, and natural calamities that exacerbated untenable conditions.
Except during Haiti’s democratic moments under President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the early and mid-1990s, Haitians have been ruled and oppressed by one despotic regime after another.
On July 7, Haiti’s selected, not elected, president Jovenel Moise’s illegitimate tenure ended the old-fashioned way.
Unidentified gunmen stormed his residence overnight Tuesday, assassinating him, seriously injuring his wife Martine Marie Etienne Joseph.
Following hospitalization to stabilize her, she was flown to south Florida for treatment of her wounds — arriving pre-dawn Thursday on a Trinity Air Ambulance flight.
Reportedly she’s stable but in “critical” condition.
An official regime statement called for calm, saying that actions are being taken “to guarantee the continuity” of longstanding dirty business as usual in island state.
Defying reality, prime minister Claude Joseph said “(d)emocracy (sic) and the republic will win (sic).”
Haitilibre.com explained the following:
Article 149 of the 1987 Constitution, amended in 2011, states:
“In the event of a vacancy (in) the presidency of the republic either by resignation, dismissal or in the event of duly established permanent physical or mental incapacity, the council of ministers, under…the prime minister, exercises executive power until the election of another president.”
“(E)lection of a new president…for the time remaining to run takes place at least sixty (60) days and one hundred and twenty (120) days at most after the opening of the vacancy, in accordance with the constitution and electoral law.”
If “a vacancy occurs (in) the fourth year of the presidential mandate, the National Assembly meets automatically within sixty (60) days following the vacancy to elect a new provisional president…for the time which remains to run.”
In response to Moise’s assassination, Port-au-Prince international airport was closed — incoming flights returned to their points of departure.
Moise’s assassination came ahead of scheduled September 26 presidential and legislative elections — a process in which Moise could not legally seek another term.
On the same date, he called for a constitutional referendum to more greatly empower the presidency, what his political opponents opposed.
On February 7, Moise’s five-year term expired. Saying opposition forces plotted a coup against him with support of judges, he refused to step down, triggering large-scale protests.
After parliament was dissolved in 2017, he ruled by decree.
According to Telesur, Haiti has been “going through a deep security crisis (since early June because) armed gangs (are) fighting for control” of Port-au-Prince’s poorest neighborhoods.
The Institute for Justice & Democracy (IJDH) in Haiti explained that the country faces chronic unresolved challenges, worsening over time.
It’s way underdeveloped. The rule of law is absent, and “foreign interference (is) aggravated by (widely despised) kleptocratic”despotic rule.
The worst of times for long-suffering Haitians worsened further over the past eight years, including harsh crackdowns on dissent.
Unrest deepened in response to draconian IMF mandated fuel price hikes, along with “revelations of up to $3 billion of missing funds from (Venezuela’s) Petro Caribe fuel assistance…”
In response, “Haitians have been organizing, spreading information through social media about government corruption and planning peaceful protests…demanding…return of” stolen money, IJDH explained.
They want it used for unaddressed “hunger, healthcare, education, infrastructure, and cholera eradication.”
Instead, human and civil rights of Haitians are consistently violated by harsh police state crackdowns.
Whenever transition of power occurs in Haiti, the new regime resembles its brutal predecessors.
What Haitians have endured for hundreds of years is certain to continue ahead.
A Final Comment
According to Ezili Danto for long denied Haitian rights, justice and dignity:
Moise’s assassination was ordered by foreign dark forces.
Assassins were not Haitians, saying they were (US Drug Enforcement Administration) DEA agents, adding:
“Reports indicate(d) that) two military planes landed in Haiti” about an hour before Moise was killed.
Up to “nine cars with diplomatic plates headed to (his official residence at) around 1 am, July 7.”
Elements involved in assassinating him “identified themselves as DEA.”
“(S)ome (wore) DEA uniforms,” video revealing their attire.
“Assassins disarmed Moise’s private USGPN guards.”
“We don’t yet know what happened to the 30 or so Blackwater-like mercenaries puppet (Moise) brought in” for praetorian guard protection not gotten when most needed.
“They were conveniently absent except for two we’re told.”
Agents on a mission to end his tenure may have asked him to step down voluntarily, perhaps urging him to go quietly into exile.
“Reportedly he refused.” His assassination followed.
Whenever a head of state or other key official is eliminated like Moise overnight Tuesday, reality most likely is other than what’s officially reported.
He likely went beyond what his US handlers were willing to tolerate because of a nation near-boiling over in turmoil over his kleptocratic, despotic rule.
His elimination most likely was all about wanting to put a lid on things before risking their spiraling out of control.
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