Port-au-Prince – The Haitian opposition announced on Tuesday the resumption of mobilizations on Wednesday and called for a protest march on Friday to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, rejecting a dialogue once again.
“On Friday we will march throughout the country to remove Jovenel Moise from the National Palace, the moment of dialogue has passed, and the government has nothing to offer. The government’s promises are policies that it will never be able to implement,” Andre Michel, one of the opposition leaders, said at a press conference.
“We are going to remove this corrupt power that only wants to put an end to what remains in the country,” added Michel, from the Democratic and Popular Sector, which groups several opposition leaders and social organizations.
Michel also claimed that the seven foreigners and one Haitian, arrested this week for illegal possession of weapons of war, are mercenaries who were in the country to work for the government and who allegedly had opposition leaders as targets.
The spokesman for the Democratic and Popular Sector also pointed out that, according to his information, there are people in the government who are pressuring the police to release these mercenaries.
The detainees are five Americans, two Serbs and a Haitian who, according to the police, had several machine guns, pistols, bulletproof vests, drones and satellite phones in their possession, among other equipment.
Meanwhile, Moise met on Tuesday with former president Jocelerme Privert to try to initiate a dialogue to get the country out of the serious economic and political crisis it is currently experiencing.
Sources from the National Palace also reported that the head of state met with businessmen grouped in the Economic Forum.
In addition, the Haitian government announced that 200,000 jobs will be created in the short term to help the most vulnerable sectors.
On Feb. 7, coinciding with the second anniversary of Moise’s arrival in the presidency, violent protests began in Haiti, which lasted throughout the week and caused at least nine deaths, amid a severe economic crisis that was aggravated this year by a strong depreciation of the gourde, the official currency, and by failures in electricity supply due to fuel shortages.