Haiti issues warning ahead of anti-government protests

first_img Tweet Share Share Share Haiti’s President Michel MartellyPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti Justice and Public Security Minister Jean Renel Sanon Tuesday warned against breaking the laws of the country as opposition forces in Haiti announced plans for three-days of demonstrations in a bid to force the Michel Martelly government out of office.The United States Embassy in an advisory message to US citizens in the French-speaking Caribbean country, said that the demonstrations planned for November 25, 28 and 29, “are a continuation of operation ‘Burkina Faso’ that started on November 18, 2014, in support of freedom for political prisoners, (and) efforts to oust Martelly’s ‘têt kale’ government”.The demonstrations are planned for the capital and several provincial cities in demand of the resignation of the government.Sanon said that while the government had no opposition to the demonstrations, they must however be held under the laws of the country and must be “absolutely peaceful”.“It is strictly forbidden to individuals taking part to the said demonstrations of carrying firearms, blunt weapons, machetes, knives or other objects of the same type.“Anyone caught in a demonstration in possession a weapon of any kind will be disarmed and that, regardless of the body or band to which it belongs. The police will ensure that these provisions, taken to protect the population against malicious actions of criminals, are scrupulously respected,” he said.He said that the National Police of Haiti is the only entity designated by the law and the Constitution to ensure peace and order during public demonstrations, and that the Ministry of Justice reiterates its “firm commitment to ensure everyone a safe environment, safe and quiet and the possibility of go about their business without any worry”.On the eve of the demonstration, Sandra Honoré, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti said “freedom of peaceful protest and freedom of expression are rights guaranteed by international conventions, enshrined in the Haitian Constitution and supported by the law.”She said, “the exercise of the right to demonstrate and freedom of opinion is a sign of the consolidation of democracy in Haiti and efforts must be made to both sides to avoid any recourse to violence, defamation, intimidation of all kinds, or acts that may contribute to disturb the peace and stability“It is up to all to reject violence in all its forms to move towards a stronger Haiti, stable and respectful of the rights of each and every,” she added.center_img 179 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Haiti issues warning ahead of anti-government protests by: CMC – November 25, 2014last_img