PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The “reprehensible” behavior of the mayors of Arcahaie and Cabaret, who engaged in armed violence over a shared territory, received the condemnation of the National Palace on Tuesday.
In statement, the President of the Republic, Jocelerme Privert, said he “condemns the reprehensible behavior of two (2) elected local officials of Arcahaie and Cabaret that led to unfortunate incidents the weekend past in Arcahaie.”
The statement says the president had “instructed relevant State bodies to take, without delay, appropriate measures to ensure the right of movement for everyone, respect for property and physical integrity of individuals all over the national territory.”
The note continued:
The facts are all the more regrettable that the attitude of the protesters has endangered the physical integrity of a foreign delegation from attending a match organized by the International Football Federation (FIFA) in Haiti. Such behavior undermines private investment and the efforts of the Haitian state, particularly in tourism, in that area.
The Head of State, in his concern to preserve harmony and proper functioning of the institutions of the Republic, urges the local authorities to avoid the repetition of such acts of slippage likely to disturb the public peace, especially in the election approaches on 9 October. The clashes between elected officials and their supporters are only tarnish the image of our institutions and the country, he believes, while reminding them that they do not enjoy any immunity for acts of public disorder.
The President of the Republic also wishes to remind all local, municipal or other, they have a responsibility to work in perfect harmony for the benefit of their constituents and in line with the interests of the state.
While reiterating its commitment to make every effort to maintain a climate conducive to foreign and domestic investment in the country and foster job creation, the Head of State called everyone to calm and serenity.