PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The Martelly administration took the decision to remove the security of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide 48 hours after his appearance in court on Wednesday May 8 despite laws providing former Heads of State security.
The information was confirmed by Scoop FM radio host Garry Pierre-Paul Charles on Friday.
The radio host said it was because the former president had taken on the role of a political arrival when he made declarations the morning of Thursday May 9.
Those declarations included the probability of an electoral sweep by Aristide’s political party, Fanmi Lavalas and not mentioning the name of Jean Leopold Dominique during those declarations.
The regime has received backlash from the decision with more manifestations planned in the coming days, including May 14 where the administration has set aside several million dollars for a 2-year anniversary celebration. Lavalas and Aristide sympathizers continue to say the “more [Aristide] is persecuted, the more he is loved”.
This is actually not true.
The government was making changes and Aristide refused to accept, which is his right, but the refusal negates the government requirement.
Aristide originally demanded 63 security men. Jean Claude Duvalier asked for none and operates with a 4 man detail.
There must be a lesson here.