Haiti – Culture : 4th Edition of the «Festi Graffiti»
From 10 to 20 September 2019 will take place in the metropolitan area and Petit-Goâve, the 4th Edition of “Festi Graffiti Haiti” organized by the Collective for the Promotion of Urban Arts and Contemporary Art (CAPAUAC) around the theme “Contemporary mobility : deterritorializing the imaginary”. Note that this Festival of Urban Art is supported in particular by the Ministry of Tourism, the French Institute in Haiti, the Embassy of Switzerland, the Embassy of France in Romania, the International Organization for Migration Wallonia Brussels and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Since its creation in 2015, “Festi Graffiti” knows a growing success. Unique festival on urban art in Haiti. More than 2,000 people took part in workshops, skateboarding, slam and hip-hop performances at Place Jérémie and Rue Rigaud in Pétion-Ville.
In 2017, for the 2nd edition, artists from Martinique and the United States, along with Haitian artists, presented their works during two days reserved for live performances. Urban dance workshops also delighted over 4,000 visitors.
In 2018, at the 3rd edition, in 2018, the artists came from all over the world including Germany, Guadeloupe, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Chile and Australia. visitors came to witness their performances alongside our Haitian graffiti artists at Roy Street in Port-au-Prince.
This year, several arteries of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince and Petit-Goâve will welcome thousands of festival-goers (local, diaspora and international) and graffiti artists from Haiti and abroad including: Simo Croc (Morocco), Tomer Linace (Mexico) ), Lidia (Brazil), Zabou (France), Yellow (Blegique), and Cosby Hayes, Nate Dee, Sarah Painter, Vise, Julzroth from the United States will be there this year. They will animate graffiti workshops, present their works and take advantage of their visit to visit the country.
For its 4th edition, “Festi Graffiti” wants to offer a greater attraction to the city of Port-au-Prince through urban frescoes, graffiti workshops, musical performances and dance performances, advocating social inclusion, gender equity and the promotion of urban arts and crafts as a tool for community development, with a special focus on the history of Haiti.
Deaths and human rights violations in Haiti denounced
11 de noviembre de 2019, 11:10Port-au-Prince, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) The Je Klere Foundation denounced dozens of deaths and the systematic violation of human rights during the ongoing crisis in Haiti, and blamed the government and members of the opposition.
The human rights organization said it is difficult to determine the number of deaths, and suggested that the crimes ‘are committed with the agreement, at least tacit, of the government,’ a statement rejected by authorities.
In the text, Je Klere criticized the use of force by police and stressed that in many cases it can be described as systematic and a massive violation of human rights.
It also recommended that President Jovenel Moïse ‘avoid a bloodbath in the country or foreign intervention,’ and recommended that the judiciary act independently to punish human rights violations.
Nearly fifty people died on the sidelines of the protests in Haiti, 19 of them killed by police, according to data from the United Nations and non-governmental organizations.
Demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse and rejecting the interference of the international community in the internal affairs of the nation have kept the main roads and arteries of the country blocked, in what has been called Operation Peyi Lok (country blocked).
Last weekend, five opposition groups agreed to appoint an appeal’s court judge in the event of the president’s resignation, who would be accompanied by a prime minister of the opposition.
Jean Reynald Lubérice, general secretary of the Council of Ministers posted on social media that the opposition aims to ‘destroy democracy.’
‘If the president of the Republic proposed to suspend the Constitution, as did the representatives of the system gathered in a luxurious hotel room, everyone would shout scandal with reason and denounce a dictatorial project,’ he said in reference to the reforms to the magna carta proposed by opposition sectors.
Haiti Anti-Government Protests Lose Momentum
WASHINGTON/PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI – Only a few hundred people responded to the opposition’s call Sunday to protest in the streets of Haiti’s capital to continue pressuring President Jovenel Moise to step down.
On previous Sundays, tens of thousands have filled Port-au-Prince streets from morning to sundown.
Have the protests lost momentum? VOA Creole put the question to opposition leaders marching on Sunday.
Sen. Ricard Pierre said he thinks bribes and fear were partly to blame for the small crowd.
“A significant number of Bel Air residents have died – an area that heavily supports the efforts of the Alternative (opposition group). We have people hiding out in the poor neighborhoods because the government has threatened to kill them,” the senator told VOA Creole. “There have been efforts to distribute weapons to residents of the slums. They’ve been offered money, offered food. But despite the massacres endured by the poor people, there are some of them in the streets today fighting (for a better life).”
VOA could not confirm the senator’s allegations.
Downtown, evangelical pastor Prophete Mackenson Dorilas, who, perched atop a carnival-style truck had been surrounded by thousands of followers during October protests, was seen marching in the street with only a handful of protesters. He blamed fear and the absence of his truck for the low turnout.
“The first truck we were offered, I turned down because it wasn’t what I requested. So, they said they would bring me another truck, and I’m still waiting. Some members of my church had intended to join the protest, but they heard the police was targeting protesters, so they ran away,” Dorilas told VOA Creole, adding that the people also need motivation.
“The churchgoers don’t like to see me walking on the street. They like to see me up high,” he said.
Also marching with about a dozen protesters was former Haitian Army Col. Himmler Rebu, who described his participation as the right thing to do.
“There are two efforts happening simultaneously. There are those (members of the opposition) who are in offices working on plans and strategy, and there are those who are accompanying the people marching in the streets. So today, that’s my job, ” he said.
Early Sunday, tires were seen burning in the middle of a main road in the northern city of Cape Haitian. There were also roadblocks made of tree branches, rocks, metal and debris.
“These roadblocks are here because President Jovenel still refuses to resign. We will keep blocking the streets, and we will keep protesting until the president leaves,” a protester told VOA Creole.
Back in the capital, members of the opposition spent the weekend meeting at the Marriott Hotel to discuss the transition process that would be activated if Moise were to resign.
“We are in agreement on four aspects of the transition: governance, control, steps forward and duration,” announced opposition Sen. Youri Latortue, who heads the Haitian Senate’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Committee. No further details were given.
On the subject of who would replace Moise, the group decided that the choice would be made by a five-member committee comprised of a representative of each opposition group. The transitional president would be chosen among the Supreme Court judges. The committee would also choose a prime minister.
“This is a historic event,” prominent businessman Gregory Brandt, who represented the private sector at the meeting, told VOA Creole. “The country has been suffering through a complicated situation for two months now. We aren’t selling merchandise, we aren’t receiving merchandise. Port-au-Prince is beginning to face a scarcity of basic goods. We’re facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, so we must sit down in all seriousness to discuss how we can resolve this crisis.”
Last week, Rob Thayer, director of USAID’s “Food for Peace” program, told VOA Creole the agency has earmarked 3,500 metric tons of emergency food aid for Haiti, which will be distributed to those in need.
In addition to the food aid, the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has been docked off Haiti’s shores since Nov. 6 for a seven-day medical and humanitarian mission. According to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, the ship’s staff has seen more patients per day in Haiti than on any other stop of their five-nation tour.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concern about the situation in Haiti last week on Twitter.
“The #USNSComfort has arrived to provide much needed medical services in Haiti. We call on all of Haiti’s leaders to come together to solve the ongoing political & economic gridlock through dialogue & institutions. We stand with all Haitians who peacefully call for accountability,” Pompeo tweeted.
Meanwhile, Moise has been busy naming new cabinet ministers, meeting with members of the diplomatic corps, and giving interviews to the foreign press. He has also increased his visibility on the streets, in the national press and on social media.
“Since my first day in office, I have always preached the same thing – togetherness, unity – because the country is tired,” Moise said during a Nov. 7 speech. “Our (nation’s) motto is Unity is Power. But unfortunately, this system (of government), the system that uses people, gives us a different motto which is, Divide and Conquer. Whenever a person wants to enrich himself, he pits us against each other. And when we’ve taken the bait and died in battle, who benefits? Not us.”
Early Sunday morning, before the anti-government protest began, Moise visited police stations in Carrefour and Petionville, his press secretary announced. According to a press statement received by VOA Creole early Monday morning, Moise sought to see the working conditions for the policemen and asked for a detailed report on the current status of affairs that will be used to “better address the needs of the agents of the PNH (National Police of Haiti).”
Yvan Jasmin Martin in Cape Haitian, Renan Toussaint and Yves Manuel in Port-au-Prince and Ronald Cesar in Washington contributed to this report
The Haiti Sentinel | Haiti: At Least 15 Dead in Latest State-Sponsored Terror Attacks says Human Rights
15 people have already been murdered in the attacks being conducted by terrorists gangs in the control of former police officer, Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier and gangleader Ti Sonson, according to an investigation conducted by the National Network for the Defense of Human Right (RNDDH). Chérizier, one must recall, was involved in the massacre on the neighborhood of La Saline in November 2018 where more than two dozen were murdered.
On November 6, alone, “they murdered at least fourteen people. Thirteen died in a house that was burned and another beheaded in Mayard. The corpses of all the victims were washed away. Several people were shot and wounded. Vehicles that were parked at the side of the road were set on fire,” said RNDDH in a press release. 21 homes and 11 vehicles have been burned in the attacks.
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