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National carnival kicks off in Port-de-Paix

President Jovenel Moïse at the carnival in Port-de -Paix on Feb. 13, 2021. Jovenel Moïse’s Twitter Images

For the first time ever, Haiti’s national carnival is being held in Port-de-Paix, a city in the Northwestern Department.

The annual event features top bands, including Sweet Micky, T-Vice and Boukman Eksperyans. It is set to conclude on Feb. 16.

Thousands of revelers and musicians cheered for Moïse, who inaugurated the event, during the opening day celebrations Sunday — even while protests demanding his ouster continued over in Port-au-Prince. His predecessor Michel Martelly, Sweet Micky’s lead singer, said he would’ve married Moïse if it weren’t for his wife.

Police arrest massacre suspect, then let him loose

Ex-Director General of the Ministry of the Interior Fednel Monchery. Photo credit: Ministry of Communication

The Haitian National Police arrested a man sanctioned over his alleged role in the 2018 La Saline massacre, then released him hours later. 

Fednel Monchéry was arrested Saturday over his license plate. It wasn’t specified what the issue with his license plate was.

The U.S. Department of Treasury banned Monchéry on Dec. 10 because he was allegedly part of the group that orchestrated the La Saline massacre.

Monchéry was released after Krache Dife (Spit Fire) gang members pressured the police, according to the National Network of Human Rights Defense.

Former Port-au-Prince mayor arrested in Dominican Republic

Ex-Port-au-Prince Mayor Ralph Youri Chévry during a meeting with the Port-au-Prince delegates in July 2017. Ralph Youri Chévry’s Twitter Images

Former Port-au-Prince Mayor Ralph Youri Chévry has been arrested in Dajabon, Dominican Republic on Sunday.

Police had issued a search notice for Chévry on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, destruction of public and private properties and partnering with Fantom 509, a gang of masked police officers. 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. 15, 2021

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