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Arcahaie on fire over Martelly’s town of Montrouis

Samuel Maxime


ARCAHAIE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – For a week, the town of Arcahaie has been under tension due to the decree creating the new town of Montrouis, issued by former President Michel Martelly and now maintained by President Jovenel Moise.

Michel Martelly Montrouis mansion
2014 – Michel Martelly’s $9 Million [USD] beachfront mansion in impoverished Haiti – 4 years ago, he was flat broke. / source touthaiti.com

The decree, that creates a new town around the former president’s recently built multi-million dollar mansion, cuts the historic commune of Arcahaie from the coastline where the mansion was built. Issued on July 2015, the executive order, since its onset, has been deemed arbitrary and undesired by a number of lawmakers and the population.

The movements by Archellians have been protests that have paralyzed main activities of the region. Schools, roadways and businesses have operated with difficulty throughout the days of March.

Interventions by the police have left several injured. These interventions have been characterized as “brutality” by the population and has worsened the situation. Some have resorted to damaging businesses, vehicles and public property.

Deputy Pierre Julien Féquière and Senator Antonio “Don Kato” Cheramy (Ouest/Verite) have both challenged the administration of Jovenel Moise to rescind the decree. These “necessary measures will enable a return to calm,” Senator Cheramy said.

Antonio Cheramy who continues to believe that this decree was inappropriate, said wait until the new government resolves this conflict by returning villains decrees.

Illegally adopting the decree to create the new municipality called Arcadins, Martelly amputated the city flag (Arcahaie) of its richest part, which includes the beach hotels.

leaders of the city had then accused the head of state and some of his then advisers have wanted it to strengthen and enrich the Artibonite.

Arcahaie’s popularity is mainly attributed to its historical heritage, as a lot of significant incidents in the past occurred here. One of them is the memorable 1803 Congress, wherein the unity if Haiti’s black people and mulattos was signified. It can be recalled that the country’s founding father, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, replaced the French flag with a blue and red flag after tearing it apart during the Congress. It was the first time in three years of revolution that Haiti’s unity had been symbolized.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.