Haiti: Canada sends armoured vehicles amid violence


A cargo of armoured vehicles from Canada and the U.S. arrived in Haiti on Saturday as violence ensues within the nation, however some specialists are questioning Canada’s determination to intervene. 

The coordinated cargo was deliberate below a joint operation with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. Global Affairs Canada launched an announcement Saturday night confirming the joint supply of armoured vehicles from the Canadian and U.S. navy has arrived in Haiti.

“Today, Canadian and U.S. military aircraft arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to transfer vital Haitian government-purchased security equipment, including tactical and armoured vehicles, and supplies to the Director General of the Haitian National Police (HNP),” the assertion reads.

The assertion, issued by Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly and National Defence Minister Anita Anand, says the tools is meant to assist the Haitian National Police in opposition to violence insinuated by “prison actors.”

There has been rising concern for the nation who had their president assassinated final yr, is experiencing an ongoing cholera epidemic and sexual violence in opposition to girls, youngsters and males by gangs. The Haitian authorities had additionally urged nations like Canada and the U.S. to supply safety help.

The federal authorities says Canada can be working with different worldwide companions to assist Haiti’s legislation enforcement in coaching extra law enforcement officials. The assertion didn’t embrace if any further police instruments like firearms and bulletproof vests had been included within the cargo. Canada’s ambassador to Haiti Sebastien Carriere additionally stated on Twitter they won’t be releasing the automobile numbers or fashions to keep away from exposing the knowledge to gangs within the nation.

While Canada has pledged monetary help in current months for Haiti, specialists and activists which were intently following the occasions within the nation over the past twenty years say Haiti must be left alone.

“We keep saying what we’ve been saying for a long time, let Haiti decide its own destiny,” former Canadian ambassador to Haiti Gilles Rivard informed CTV News in an interview.

Rivard, who served because the ambassador between 2008 and 2010 and later once more in 2014, says Canada shouldn’t intervene in Haiti’s affairs till the nation is ready to make an settlement between its society and the federal government to run an election and solidify a authorities.

“Where do you start and where do you finish? Until there is no roadmap to put that country back on track in terms of political structure”? he stated. “There’s a lot that has to be done but that first part has to come from Haiti in my view.”

Haitian-Canadian activist Jean Saint-Vil says the Haitian folks have been feeling the identical.

“Get out. Haitians have been telling Canada, the United States, Europe to get out,” he informed CTV News in an interview.

Saint-Vil says as a substitute there must be reparations made to the nation beginning with the United Nations involvement within the cholera outbreak. In 2013 the UN had disputed claims that their peacekeepers introduced cholera to the nation throughout restoration efforts after the 2010 earthquake. The UN didn’t say they began the epidemic however they did admit their very own involvement in 2016 after a report made by a UN investigator was leaked.

Since 2010, the cholera outbreak has killed almost 10,000 folks on the island in line with the World Health Organization.

“The reason why they are propping up this thing right now is to pretend that this is a humanitarian intervention,” he stated.

In a tweet following the assertion on the brand new cargo, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Canada’s dedication to help Haiti’s legislation enforcement.

“Our two countries remain committed to supporting the Haitian National Police’s work of protecting and serving the people of Haiti. And together, we’ll continue to support the restoration of security in Haiti,” he stated.  


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