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Foreign Minister rejects dictatorship label, says crisis in under control

Claude Joseph
Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Claude Joseph.

The Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday that it’s too late in President Jovenel Moïse’s term to start a dictatorship, as some have alleged.

“He’s in his fourth year in power, he was not a dictator, why in his fifth year would he start a dictatorial career?” said Claude Joseph in a France24 interview. “That’s absurd, it’s not true at all.”

Joseph also said that officials have the political crisis “under control.” However, hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Port-au-Prince to continue demanding that Moïse leave office. Source

Dabrésil still in prison despite release order

Ex-Supreme Court Judge Ivickel Dabrésil after he was arrested for allegedly attempting a coup d’etat on Feb. 7, 2021.

Former Supreme Court Judge Ivickel Dabrésil remains in prison in Croix-des-bouquets, though a release order has been issued for him.

Dabrésil was arrested for allegedly attempting a coup d’etat on Sunday, a day many residents believe President Jovenel Moïse’s term ended.

Human rights organizations and the National Association of Magistrates denounced the arrest and demanded Dabrésil to be released. Source

Police officers throw tear gas at reporters

The back of a pick-up truck filled with tear gas. Photo credit: Amélie Baron

Police officers threw tear gas at journalists in the back of a pick-up truck on Wednesday, injuring two of them.

Dieu-Nalio Chéry, a widely-known photojournalist, was struck in the leg with a can of tear gas. Chéry received medical treatment on the spot from another journalist, Amélie Baron. Reporter Johnny Fils-Aimé was also injured. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
Feb. 11, 2021

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