Members of the North Popular Movement vowed to prevent the constitutional referendum from happening while hoisting machetes. Photo via Gazette Haiti.

Members of a group in Cap-Haitien hoisted machetes into the air while shouting “koupe tet, boule kay” (cut off heads, burn down houses) during a conference, in protest of the upcoming constitutional referendum.

The North Popular Movement is one of many groups who have brought machetes to anti-referendum meetings, according to Gazette Haiti.

Last week, protesters in Léogâne, a western commune, struck machetes together during a meeting as they vowed to oppose the June 27 referendum vote. 

That meeting featured former Deputy Danton Léger and André Michel, a spokesman of the Popular Democratic Sector. Video of the group with machetes circulated online, and the Ministry of Justice has since asked Léger to report to the court in Petit-Goâve in the western department for questioning. Source

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