Saturday, November 6, 2021
Former policeman, , known as “Barbecue” and the leader of the G9 Family and Allies, told a news conference earlier this week that the United Nations and the United States should cut ties with the government in order to help “liberate Haiti”.
“We take this opportunity to invite the United Nations in general and the so-called friendly countries of Haiti, in particular the United States of America, to register in this page of history as loyal allies who want the well-being of the Haitian people by divorcing the status quo,” Cherizier said.
Media reports said that G9 controls entire sections of the capital of the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country and have been accused of assassination and mass killings, including the murder of infants.
Cherizier, who has denied the allegations, has repeatedly called for the resignation of Henry, blaming him for much of the unrest in the country.
The former police officer has accused Henry of taking part in the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise, who was shot and killed at his private residence on July 17. Moise’s wife, Martine, had to be flown to the United States for treatment after being injured during the shooting.
Police have held several people, including former Colombian army officers, but the main suspect, Joseph Felix Badio, is still at large.
Cherizier has joined in calls for the investigation of Moise’s killing, after mobile phone calls between Henry and Badio became public. The calls were allegedly made on the night of the assassination.
Henry has denied the reports, insisting that on the night of the assassination he had spoken to several people.
The statement by Cherizier calling for the removal of Henry comes as efforts continue to negotiate the release of 17 members of a missionary group from the United States, abducted by the 400 Mawoze gang which is demanding US$17 million for their release.
The gang’s leader, Wilson Joseph, has threatened to kill the hostages, including five children, if the ransom is not paid.
Meanwhile, UNICEF is warning that school children in urban areas are increasingly becoming the targets of those engaged in the kidnappings here.
UNICEF said that since the start of the school year in September, at least seven schools in and around Port-au-Prince have already been forced to pay armed gangs in exchange for safety, and others have been threatened. (CMC)
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Saturday, November 6, 2021