When the population heard of Jean-Claude’s hospitalization, hundreds commenced a silent vigil on the road leading to the facility. Duvalier- contrary to the media propaganda- maintains massive popularity among the Haitian majority. This presents a perceived danger to the Preval attempt to maintain control of the nation.
As a result, Preval has attempted to arrest Duvalier, to neutralize this imagined threat. When the chief of Police, Mario Andresol, refused to arrest Duvalier, he issued papers to place Duvalier under what amounts to House Arrest.