ARCAHAIE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – A letter from the Education Ministry urging parents to send their children to school was ignored in Arcahaie on Monday where school doors have been closed for six weeks due to protests.
Educators say the presence of hundreds of specialized and heavily armed security forces in the city, meant to suppress weeks of protests, is frightening to parents who don’t want to send their children out into the streets or to school.
The residents of the city will not end their mobilization that began when President Michel Martelly took a decree, outside of the law, on July 25, 2015, to create five new communes, including two dealing with towns he has a personal affinity to.
The new commune causing the problems is Arcahaie is called “Les Arcadins” and encompasses the city’s beautiful beaches and coastline. This new commune is also where Martelly had built a mansion in the past year, along with other homes of friends and families.
Buses have been damaged in the protests and Route National 1 has been blocked for many days during the weeks of protests.