As protests, violence and now cholera seize Haiti, check here for updates from The Haitian Times team on the ground for the latest seen and heard.
As of Nov. 29, 5:00 pm — Demonstrators in Haiti’s capital marched to the Dominican Republic consulate to say no to the mistreatment of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic. Some protesters wore white jerseys and held signs sharing their grievances against the Dominican government’s recent crackdown on Black immigrants and visitors assumed to be Haitian.
The march also comes days after residents of the border town of Ouanaminthe closed the crossing, obstructing access to Dominican territory for traders from the neighboring nation. The Haitian government then reopened the border. Camille Chalmers, leader of the socio-political organization ‘Rasin Kan Pèp’ and a march organizer, called the reopening an act of treason by Haiti.
In front of the DR consulate, the demonstrators called for an end to the mistreatment of Haitians, speaking in French and Spanish. They later went to the official residence of Prime Minister Ariel Henry to ask that he demand the Dominican government stop mistreating Haitians during the expulsions. [Murdith Joseph]
As of Nov. 28, 1:00 p.m.-— Wideline Pierre, the Northeastern Departmental Director of the Ministry of the Environment, DDNE-ME resigned from her position following her participation in the closure of the gate that borders Haiti and its neighboring Dominican Republic. The resignation decision is the result of [her] new civic commitment in the social and political struggle which should lead to the improvement of [our] society, Pierre said in a letter dated Nov.23.
Pierre said she is one of the instigators of the protest against the mistreatment of Haitians by the Dominican Republic in which residents of the North-East city of Ouanaminthe closed and welded the two countries' border gate on Nov. 21. Pierre vows to continue to support this movement.
The main gate separating the Haitian-Dominican border in Ouanaminthe was reopened by another group of residents living in one of the border towns. [Murdith Joseph]
As of Nov. 27, 5:00 p.m.—Haitians in the country’s Northwest town of Ouanaminthe still keep the border door on the Haitian side completely closed, obstructing access to Dominican territory for traders from the neighboring nation. The border closing is done as part of a protest against the mistreatment of Haitians during the Dominican Republic’s expulsion process of Haitian Nationals living illegally there. The Dominican Republic government has intensified the expulsion of Haitian nationals since Nov. The residents from Ouanaminthe argue that the Dominican authorities are violating a government decree that establishes that repatriations would not take place before 8:00 A.M., and after 6:00 P.M. On Nov. 20, the Haitian government in its first reaction to the accelerated expulsion asked DR to respect the migration agreements signed between the two countries.[Murdith Joseph]
As of Nov. 26, 2:55 p.m.— Businessman Joel Khawly was arrested in Jacmel Nov.25 on the accusation of possession of illegal weapons and ammunition.
The Haitian justice, represented by Jacmel Justice of the Peace Fritz Palanquet, agents of the Office for the Fight against Narcotics Trafficking or BLTS, the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ), members of the Haitian police unit UDMO carried a search of six hours before they apprehended Khawly.
In an official note the National Police said that the operation was carried out following information that a shipment of drugs had landed in Marigot for the count of Khawly. Following this lead, members of PNH along with Haiti’s Coast Guard and in the presence of the justice of the peace searched a Jacmel club called Ma Folie and the home of Khawly. At the end of the search, police found and seized two war rifles, a Smith and Wesson model MEP15 and a UZI and ammunition.
Joël Khawly is a prominent cement importer and an influential fuel trader in the southern region. He
is the son of the former mayor of Jacmel Jacques Khawly.
This accusation is not the first against Khawly. In 1995, he was already arrested on drug trafficking charges. A Duke University repository digital document on drug trafficking in Haiti on interviews done by local radio Haiti Inter reported in 1995 Jacmel Public Prosecutor Danton Léger discussed the seizure of nineteen packages of cocaine on a boat owned by Joël Khawly. Ten people, including Khawly, were arrested on drug trafficking charges
Khawly is in custody at the DCPJ to await legal action. [Juhakenson Blaise]
As of Nov.14, 10:00 a.m.—The funeral for businessman and political leader Eric Jean-Baptiste took place Nov.14 at the Saint-Pierre church in Pétion-ville. Relatives, friends, leaders and members of his political party, RDNP, representatives of the political class and members of the private business sector all paid a final tribute to Jean-Baptiste.
Jean Baptiste was assassinated on Oct. 29 in Laboule on his way home when heavily-armed individuals fired at his armored vehicle, striking him four times. His security guard, Peterson Vernius, was also killed with him.
Jean-Baptiste’’s wife, daughter and son all praised his philanthropic work and vowed to finish any work he started and continue in his footsteps. Jean-Baptiste has initiated the construction of a building to house the Jacmel Law School; 80% of the work is completed according to his son.
Jean Baptiste is the CEO of “Pè Letènèl Loto ''- a company that sells ‘bòlèt’, a lotto style similar to OTB numbers betting — and a former presidential candidate. In 2018, Jean-Baptiste was the victim of an attempted killing in the Carrefour Feuille area, which he survived with a bullet lodged in his arm.