PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – According to surrogates of the ruling party, Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK), in the coming days, President Michel Martelly and his party’s candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse, will take to the streets to counter-protest the movements of citizens discontent with preliminary election results.
According to the post circulating on social networks, the purpose of this demonstration is to show who has more people. Opponents have already begun to criticize the mobilization of public funds and resources towards the Head of State’s personal political ends.
A Provoking President
The announce demonstration would not be the first such engagement by Michel Martelly. He has held several other street mobilizations though they had not ended well.
Late 2011, students at the state university revolted, throwing stones at the president when he attempted to bring his crowd from Petion-Ville to the university campus where an international forum was being held. Students pelted the Head of State with rocks who had to be rushed out by motorcade.
In 2012 and 2013, such actions in Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien resulted in the deaths of National Palace security agents. The first instance was suspicious shooting of an agent upon entering the palace gates, the second, was death due to heat exhaustion according to information given.
The Obama-Clinton Election protest
In 2010, the Obama administration sponsored what could be considered as terrorism. To the tune of $100,000 and after-the-fact, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) paid upwards $100,000 to Mouvement Tet Kale (MTK).
MTK held violent demonstrations in the town of Aux Cayes and city of Port-au-Prince on December 7, 2010. The leading political party’s headquarters along with hundreds of vehicles and private property were burned on that day as well.
It is unclear in 2015 whether USAID or other U.S. agencies will fund the the planned movement.
Observers of Haiti politics, by consensus, acknowledge overt efforts by the Obama administration to pass a blind eye towards the totalitarian regime of Michel Martelly which will likely use state resources for the next counter-protest.