Haiti’s President sends strong warning to criminals

Jovenel Moise, the President of Haiti

President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, has warned criminals and those advocating violence that the State is prepared to stand up to them after a weekend in which a former legislator was arrested, a gang leader murdered and another arrested by the police.

“The bandits are not stronger than the State. We will make decisions. I warn those who preach violence. Violence causes violence,” Moise said.

“Those who prevent the population from going about their business, the State will put them out of harm’s way.”

— Moise

“We will not respond to political violence with political violence. However, those who prevent the population from going about their business, the State will put them out of harm’s way,” he said, adding that the state was prepared to restore order to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country where opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations in a bid to force Moise, who came to power in 217, out of office.

Foreign Minister Bocchit Edmond said that the government had invited the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit Haiti in mid-December.

“On behalf of the Republic of Haiti, I renew Haiti’s determination and will to uphold the values and principles of human rights,” he added.