After the death of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, 53, Brazilian General Augusto Heleno, Minister of the GSI (Institutional Security Office), declared this Wednesday (7) that the turmoil is the normal state of politics in the country.
“It’s very unpleasant. Another fact in the history of Haiti, which has been a very turbulent history since independence, ”declared Heleno, who, in 2004, was the first commander of the UN mission to pacify the country, the Minustah.
The retired general gave an interview to Rádio Bandeirantes on Wednesday morning to discuss the murder of Moise, who was shot dead by a group of unidentified assailants in his private residence during the night, according to a statement from the acting prime minister , Claude Joseph.
“It was already the fifth peacekeeping mission due to the eternal turmoil, which is practically the normal state of Haitian politics,” Heleno said.
Without giving further details, Joseph also said that some of the invaders spoke Spanish, which would indicate that they are not Haitians – the country’s official languages are French and Creole. The Brazilian military, however, played down this issue and said many people in Haiti speak more than one language.
Still on the ground of instability in the country, Heleno spoke of mobilizations for vaccines against Covid-19.
“These protests in favor of the vaccine, I believe, have been quite numerous, because, in fact, Haiti is one of the few countries in the world that has not vaccinated.
The interim Prime Minister of Haiti called on the international community to investigate the assassination of the president and the United Nations (UN) to convene a meeting of the Security Council, an entity responsible for ensuring peace in the world.
The attack, however, came amid a growing wave of violence linked to the country’s political crisis. With Haiti deeply polarized and facing a humanitarian crisis and food shortages, there are fears of widespread disorder.
This morning, shooting was reported in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Early in the morning, the security forces set up a system to control the movement of people on the streets. According to the Reuters news agency, the city’s international airport was closed and the Dominican Republic ordered the closure of the border it shares with the country.