The Haitian Diaspora Responds to the Killing of Haiti’s President – The New York Times

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There will be celebrations on the streets of New York, he said, stressing that Mr. Mose had won the 2016 elections with just under 600,000 votes in a country of 11 million people.

We believe it is a good thing for the Haitian people that Jovenel Mose is dead, he said. He was a criminal, who never had any legitimacy and under his leadership, there have been massacres, and corruption, and the arming and financing of street gangs. The only people mourning will be those who were helping him to steal.

Anthonine Pierre, a community organizer in Brooklyn who works for a group developing Black social justice leadership, said the assassination was her generations moment to grapple with upheaval in Haiti. I think that every Haitian person alive has lived through a lot of instability in the Haitian government and this is just a different moment, she said This is our generations moment.

The opposition in Haiti said that Mr. Moses five-year term should have ended in February. Mr. Mose insisted he had one more year to serve, because his term did not begin until a year after the presidential election, amid accusations of voting fraud.

Garry Pierre-Pierre, publisher of The Haitian Times in New York, said the assassination had seemed a step too far, even for Haiti. I didnt see this coming, because this is something I thought we had put behind us, he said. Despite the shakiness of our democracy, assassination was not a stage wed go.

In South Florida, so many Haitians have flocked to the region over the past decades a neighborhood in Miami is known as Little Haiti. In recent years, a thriving middle class has emerged and is gaining political influence.

Leonie Hermantin, a Haitian community leader in Miami, said Mr. Mose took on many projects in the northwest of Haiti, where he is from, and enjoyed support there, particularly from the working class. He also received some support in South Florida, she said.

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