Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said Sunday that Haiti needs to transform the neocolonial system the country is in during a graduation speech at the Aristide Foundation University in Tabarre, Port-au-Prince.

“They devoured all the mice. And that happened in front of the cats’ eyes, so follow their eyes,” Aristide said. “How to prevent the worst? You absolutely have to pass from the lock-in syndrome to a transformation of the neocolonialism system.”

“Zeroes love dictatorships. Heroes prefer democracy,” Aristide added. 

He also said that Haiti is experiencing “coloniavirus” not coronavirus. Source

Haiti in mourning after gang kills four officers, prompting #freehaiti trend

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse. Photo by Georges H. Rouzier for The Haitian Times

Haiti begins to observe three days of mourning for four police officers who were murdered over the weekend, a government official said. The killing prompted #freehaiti to trend across social media.

The police officers were attempting to carry out an operation in Village de Dieu, Port-au-Prince — a “5 Seconds” gang stronghold — when area residents led them into an ambush, according to media reports.

Four of the police officers, Georges Renois Vivender, Désilus Wislet, Eugène Stanley and Ariel Poulard, were killed. Eight others were injured.

The fatal ambush prompted scores of Haitians and Haiti supporters to begin crying #freehaiti to draw attention to the increasingly dangerous conditions under which Haitians are living. Source

Russia proposes to help Haiti with crisis

Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, the spokesman and director of the information and press department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Photo via

Russia can help Haiti restore political stability, secure the country and train its law enforcement, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said during a press conference Friday. 

“As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, we’re closely following the events in Haiti, it raises our concern,” Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova said. “Currently, this Caribbean country is going through a new cycle of political instability that has lasted for more than a quarter of a century.”

Haiti’s government has yet to comment on Russia’s offer. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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  1. Aristide the ex priest who became president and dashed the hopes of citizens who once loved him by selling Haiti to Colombian drug dealers and creating the first gangs from homeless boys is Cite Soleil is NOT someone to quote on colonialism or anything else. Aristide did more to plunge and keep Haitians in total despair than all the combined dictators before him, including Papa Doc.

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