For months, Haitians have been taking to the streets to demand fair and democratic elections. Finally, deeply flawed elections were cancelled two days before the final round was to be held. But Haitians are still taking to the streets. Why? In this blog post, IJDH volunteer Nancy Young explains how foreign interference is still heavy on Haiti’s elections, and is causing Haitians to mistrust the process.
Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text.
Why I didn’t write this story about the democracy protest in Haiti…
Nancy Young, Medium
February 10, 2016
So, I was sitting down to write this story about the protest in front of the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince.
The protesters had gathered, for the third Thursday in a row, to protest foreign interference in Haiti’s electoral process and its democracy.
The location, the US Embassy, was symbolic.
“We chose the United States Embassy to fight against United States imperialism and interference because the USA leads the Core Group,” said Guy Laurore Rosenez, one of the protesters and a member of the student group MELA (Mouvman Etidyan pou Libere Ayiti ).“The Core Group supports (President Michel) Martelly, who is a tool of the imperialists.”
It is the kind of language that once would have made me a little uncomfortable because I would have found it strident; now I just found myself nodding in agreement.
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