PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – President Michel Martelly’s paramilitary force, BOID, and the Haitian National Police are said to be participating in training and briefings for suppressing a revolution which may break out in the coming days.
The Haitian policed force of about 7,000 officers will be backed up by a United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti of about 4,000, heavily equipped soldiers and police. The U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, are said to be posed to respond in the case of impending popular uprising when the Electoral Council publishes its results from the October 25, 2015 general elections.
Alain Vieux published the notice online and added that the US State Department has been warning US citizens to avoid travel to Haiti during this period and pending further notice.
From Monday, October 26, 2015, and towards the weekend, tires burned at many intersections across metropolitan Port-au-Prince. Director General of the Haitian National Police, Godson Orelus, announced operation ranmase bare kawotou, which includes an aggressive campaign on clearing up burning barricades and the confiscation and disposal of loose tires.
The Provisional Electoral Council of Pierre Louis Opont was scheduled to produce results of the elections on November 3, 2015, 10 days after the vote but announced a postponement late Monday, November 2, 2015. According to the CEP, it is studying complaints of fraud.
The CEP itself had acknowledged that a particular group, the political party of President Michel Martelly and its allies had committed the most violence during the vote of August 9, 2015. Human rights organizations say the party and the totalitarian Martelly regime was responsible for the most violence in the lead up to those elections. The CEP took no action.
Haitians have little to no confidence in the electoral institution’s ability to organize free, fair and inclusive elections in Haiti under the totalitarian power of Michel Martelly. Furthermore they appear unmoved by the CEP’s establishment of a commission of its same council members to investigate widespread cases of fraud. This is proved by the very few complainants who have chosen to bring their claims to the CEP.
Rather, in Cap-Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Petit Goave and Arcahaie, demonstrations, including tire burning, had ceased when on Friday afternoon, presidential candidate Jean-Charles Moïse of Pitit Dessalines urged for patience until results are published. On Tuesday, Moïse joined another top presidential candidate, Jude Celestin, and others in the race in signing a note calling for the disqualification of the regime’s Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK) party from elections.