The Haitian government on Friday He asked the United States Deploying Armed Forces to stabilize the country and protect its most important infrastructure Assassination of President Joanel Moss A group of foreign mercenaries has created great uncertainty: in the past 48 hours, clashes between groups of police and armed civilians have killed many on the streets, and many politicians now fear that Haitian companies will face new attacks.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has also responded to a call to the UN – which has called on the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to quickly send in to contribute to the investigation and determine the methods of intervention. , But now has no plans to send troops.
Haiti’s demand comes at a time when the investigation into President Moss’ assassination is still in turmoil, amid political instability in the country and widespread instability.
So far 20 people have been arrested for Moss’ murder, and five are on the run. Of these, 18 are Colombians, according to the Haitian government, and two are American citizens of Haitian descent. On Friday, the Colombian Ministry of Defense announced at a press conference that 13 of the Colombians arrested in Haiti were part of the military. Ex-Colombian soldiers are in high demand as mercenaries in unusual military operations because they are highly experienced in guerrilla tactics along the way. Colombia’s long war with the FARC’s far-left armed group, Since the Colombian army is mostly trained by the United States, it is very prepared.
The two arrested U.S. citizens told a Haitian judge that they had been hired exclusively as translators and that they were not there at the time Moss was killed and that the original plan was not to kill the president. To arrest him.
Armed groups attacked Mosin’s private home in Bettenville, a luxury neighborhood south of the capital Port-au-Prince, around 1 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Haitian officials. The president’s wife, Martin, was also injured in the attack – and later taken to a hospital in Florida in a critical but stable condition – with their three children not involved. Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamote was interviewed CNN, he said Moss was killed by 16 shots.
Who are Moss’ bodyguards at trial? As written New York Times, They would not have even fired a single shot during the attack that led to the assassination of the president.
While the investigation is still in its infancy, police in Haiti are struggling to maintain order. Several groups of citizens armed themselves and began patrolling the streets, attacking people for some reason believed to be involved in the assassination of the president and burning their cars. During clashes between these groups and police, at least three people were killed. Also, 11 gunmen who tried to enter the Taiwanese embassy were arrested on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the escalation of a fierce political war between various key Haitian politicians over who should hold power after the president’s death is becoming an element of further instability. Theoretically, in the event of the death of the President, his role should be filled by the President of the Supreme Court, although he recently died due to COVID-19.
After Moses’ assassination, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said he had taken orders from the police and army and introduced a state of emergency (Siege level) For two weeks, a rule to prohibit the organization of events and to expand the powers of the police. It was Joseph’s government that heard of US military intervention in Haiti.
However, two days before he was assassinated, Moss had appointed a new prime minister, Ariel Henry, who was due to take office this week, and had completed his executive training when Moss was assassinated. To be the proper Prime Minister, the government of Haiti will fall to him.
A third contestant joined Friday night, after Senate President Joseph Lambert He was elected the new president Through his colleagues, many of them accused Claude Joseph of being a conspirator. However, it is not clear how formal the appointment will be: Haiti’s Senate has 30 members, but only 10 are currently active. The mandate of all other senators actually expired in January 2020, after which internal political conflicts did not allow the legislature to renew.
One reason Haitian officials have called for US military intervention is that many officials – without any evidence so far – fear that the assassination of the president is only part of a larger plan to destabilize the country. Election Minister Matthias Pierre said a plan was underway to “create chaos in the country” and that U.S. troops should help protect strategic infrastructure because “attacking the fuel reserve and the airport could be part of the plan.”
– read more: The tragic history of Haiti