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Hati: The last blows which would hasten the arrival of the Multinational Mission – should we rub salt in the wound?

  • June 1, 2024
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Par Brother Endara Joseph

Submitted to AlterPresse on May 29, 2024

The recent tragedy of the assassination of Davy and Natalie Lloyd, as well as Jude Montis, on the night of Thursday May 23, 2024, is smoldering. It shook not only Haiti, but also the international community. The circumstances of this murder have triggered speculation about its political and strategic repercussions, particularly with regard to the international presence in Haiti.

The question of whether this event could be a plot to justify international intervention or military occupation is complex. However, Haiti’s history is marked by foreign interventions, and each major crisis revives debates on the motivations, crisis contexts and consequences of these interventions.

An overview of the Haitian past allows us to link certain factors to the historical contexts of interventions in Haiti.

In July 1915: following the assassination of the Haitian president, the United States of America occupied Haiti, justifying their action by the need to stabilize the country and protect their interests.

In September 1994: the United States led a military intervention to restore President Jean-Bertrand Aristide after the military coup of September 30, 1991.

Closer to home, in 2004: after months of unrest, a multinational force, led by the United Nations, was deployed to restore order and security in Haiti.

Theories about the recent assassination

This may be a plot to justify rapid intervention. Let’s say it well, perhaps.

Some believe that this assassination could be used by external forces to justify and press for a military intervention or the deployment of an international mission, under the pretext of restoring the security and stability long awaited by the Haitian population.

Triggering an international response

Others believe that, regardless of a conspiracy, this tragic incident could prompt the international community, particularly the United States, to intervene more in Haiti to protect citizens, their nationals, and restore order and the peace.

Reactions and political implications

A Missouri state lawmaker, Ben Baker, Natalie’s father, confirmed the deaths of his daughter and son-in-law Davy Lloyd, highlighting the personal and political impact of the event in the United States. Which could press the United States to intervene urgently. In fact, certain senior Yankee officials do not hide their indignation.

Impact on American politics

The deaths of U.S. citizens abroad, especially in violent circumstances, often attract attention and can influence policy decisions regarding international security and foreign interventions. This is why, who knows, we should expect a rapid response from the United States.

The assassination of Davy and Natalie Lloyd, as well as Jude Montis, and various damages orchestrated by armed men in this orphanage raise serious questions about security in Haiti and the quickly appropriate international responses. Whether a conspiracy or not, this event could serve as a catalyst for increased intervention in Haiti, fueling debates over sovereignty and foreign involvement in Haitian affairs.

Climate of riots

In addition, the context in Haiti remains very worrying, with an increase in violence by armed gangs, particularly in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings. This escalation of violence seems to precipitate the deployment of the multinational force, which aims to respond to growing crime.

Indeed, Davy and Natalie Lloyd, full-time missionaries in Haiti, are unfortunately witnesses to this critical situation. Recent attacks on police stations, notably in Croix-des-Bouquets and in the Plaine du Cul-de-Sac, have placed these areas under the control of armed bandits.

In addition, the latest bloody attack occurs as the deployment of the Multinational Security Support Mission (Mmas) is being prepared. This mission aims to combat chronic insecurity in Haiti and restore a semblance of stability in the country.

In fact, the situation in Haiti remains extremely worrying, with the intensification of violence perpetrated by armed gangs. Despite ongoing diplomatic and security efforts, including recent discussions between President Joe Biden and Kenyan President William Ruto, regarding the imminent deployment of Kenyan police forces to help quell gang violence, the situation does not appear to be improving. improve on the ground.

The gangs would seem to be taking advantage, perhaps, of the announcement of this foreign intervention to reinforce their violent actions. It is not yet clear which specific groups are responsible for the recent escalations, whether “the Taliban of Canaan” led by “Jeff”, the baron of the plain known as death without daysor chen mechan.

Effort double

Haitian authorities, with international support, are working to put in place a superstructure to strengthen the National Security Council. However, the violence has taken on a new scale since construction of the multinational mission’s base began.

Remember that the districts of Solino and the municipalities of Carrefour and Gressier were particularly affected. Yesterday, a gang attack 400 Marozo against Thomazeau was particularly deadly, killing at least 4 people and burning down more than a dozen houses.

These unfortunate events illustrate the complexity and severity of the security crisis in Haiti, requiring coordinated and robust interventions to restore peace and security in Haiti.

But, who really urged the rapid intervention of the mission?

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