20 February 2019 — Peoples Dispatch
Lautaro Rivara, a sociologist and member of the Dessalines Brigade of Solidarity with Haiti, writes a reflection on the socio-political and economic crisis in Haiti and peoples resentment against the government of Jovenel Moïse
By Lautaro Rivara
A wave of anti-government protests has been taking place in Haiti since February 7 (Photo: Alba Movimientos)
The social climate is heating up in Haiti, as social frustrations accumulate in a minefield that never ends up being deactivated. After last year’s intense mobilizations, with massive and radical epicenters in the months of July, October and November, the strategic truce at the end of the year gave rise to a materially precarious, but calm, Christmas. But the festivities were nothing more than a brief interval. Soon the battles would resume against the high cost-of-living, persistent corruption, social and economic crisis and the absence of a national model for the first independent republic emerging from the history of this side of Rio Bravo. The protests have been occurring for the last twelve intense days, and nothing seems to indicate that they are going to stop.