LES CAYES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Partisans of former President Michel Martelly are among the prime suspects, with some seemingly taking responsibility, for the early Monday morning on the departmental police station that left six dead, including a police officer, many injured, and weapons looted.
Guy Philippe, a candidate for senate and among the allies of the former regime, was stated by one of the attackers to have sent the assailants to the Aux Cayes police station. Gabriel Fortune, a former Senator who served as the Departmental Director for the South for the Martelly administration has made declarations on radio waves that has brought suspicion upon him.
Fortune, the presumptive Mayor of Les Cayes, described the attack in great detail, saying the attackers stretched the block of Toussaint Louverture where the station is located in the city. He also trivialized the act of terror by politicizing it and saying that the Provisional President Jocelerme Privert, whom Guy Philippe had sworn to overthrow in the weeks prior, should leave office.
Partisans of Michel Martelly, his candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse, were on Facebook claiming responsibility for the attack. A social media surrogate for PHTK, Milex Monexant, said that it was 200 men who attacked the police station. Monexant furthermore made threats against the Privert administration to resign or more blood would be spilled.
In the weeks leading up to the attack, Guy Philippe, who is said to have worked as a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informant and drug-trafficker (although reportedly pursued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)), announced he would forcibly remove President Privert from power if he does not himself leave on May 14, 2016. The former militant and police chief reiterated those declarations just before the weekend on Friday May 13, 2016.
The attackers held documents for the political party of Guy Philippe and also said they were in meetings with him before the attack. They all were from the Department of Grand’Anse, where Philippe is from and police say of those who got away, this was the direction they took.
Martelly, as president, had attempted to establish an army but resorted to supporting paramilitants when the legislature could not fund or approve his project. On the eve of President Martelly’s February 7, 2016 resignation, dozens of former soldiers took to the streets of Haiti with arms, hoping to keep him in power and causing a scare throughout the Haitian population. One of the former soldiers on that day was attacked and killed by the population for making such threats.
Since the attack neither Guy Philippe, Michel Martelly, the PHTK Candidate for President, Jovenel Moise, or either of their allies had condemned the attack.