Church groups to stage silent march in Haiti

The Haitian Conference of Religious (CHR) has announced plans for a “national silent march” across the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country on Tuesday as it warned of the “unprecedented humanitarian crisis” as opposition forces demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, who has been accused of being corrupt.

Demonstrators take to the streets during a protest to demand the resignation of Haitian president Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, recently. (Photo: reuters.com)
Demonstrators take to the streets during a protest to demand the resignation of Haitian president Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, recently. (Photo: reuters.com)

Crisis

In a statement, the CHR said that it has taken note of the “unprecedented humanitarian crisis in which the country is in the process of tipping over” and the situation “is the result of a much deeper crisis affecting the very foundations of our coexistence in its political, economic, social and religious dimensions”.

It has also been critical of the “total bankruptcy of our republican institutions – the executive, the legislature and the judiciary – and the responsibility of our political, intellectual and economic elites in the deterioration of the situation.”

“We find ourselves obliged to keep the doors of our institutions closed.”

— Haitian Conference of Religious

Walk in silence

The religious group said, as a result, it was calling “on the conscience of everyone, especially the head of the executive power to take note of the seriousness of the hour and make a wise decision for Haiti accordingly.

“Due to the insensitivity and indifference of different political actors to the future of the country, because of the general climate of insecurity, we find ourselves obliged to keep the doors of our institutions closed. Until a happy outcome of the crisis is found in the best time,” it said.

The CHR said that there are plans to walk in silence from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, in all major cities of the country to “pray, celebrate our faith and implore Divine graces on our country and our people.”