Haitian Gang Leader Rejects Foreign Nations’ Attempts for Political Transition

Haitian Gang Leader Rejects Foreign Nations’ Attempts for Political Transition

In a recent interview with Al Jazeera, Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, a powerful Haitian gang leader, has dismissed foreign nations’ efforts to establish a political transition and restore peace in Haiti. As the country descends further into violent chaos and armed groups gain control over most of the capital, Port-au-Prince, following the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, Cherizier’s rejection poses a significant challenge to regional leaders and international stakeholders.

During an emergency summit held by the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), leaders discussed a framework for a political transition, which the United States had urged to expedite due to the escalating violence caused by gangs and the repeatedly postponed elections. However, Cherizier, flanked by his gang members, declared that his group would not recognize any decisions made by CARICOM. He emphasized that those who remained in Haiti should be the ones making decisions, criticizing the traditional politicians who had left the country with their families.

Cherizier, notorious for his involvement in years of violence and political instability in Port-au-Prince, has been instrumental in blockading fuel terminals, engaging in clashes with rival gangs, and using violence to solidify control over areas under his gang’s influence. Thousands of Haitians have been forced to flee their homes as a result. Cherizier, who is under sanctions from the United Nations, the United States, and other countries, has played a central role in the recent surge of unrest in the capital, demanding Henry’s resignation and warning of the potential for civil war.

The resignation of Prime Minister Henry, an unelected leader who assumed office shortly before the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021, has led to widespread looting and street battles in Haiti. With no clear plan in place for the country’s future, the United States has called for a political transition. Civil society leaders in Haiti have welcomed Henry’s resignation as a long overdue step, as he was supposed to step down in February but remained effectively locked out of the country.

While some political groups view the proposed transitional council as a way out of the power vacuum, Cherizier has called for a revolution to overthrow the entire system, which he claims is controlled by a small percentage of the population who possess the majority of the country’s wealth. Once a transitional government is established, it could pave the way for a multinational police force funded by the US and Canada. However, Cherizier rejected the idea, particularly Kenya’s President William Ruto’s offer to lead such a force, citing the irony of foreign intervention after those same countries armed groups in poor neighborhoods.

The United Nations estimates that more than 80 percent of Port-au-Prince is currently under the control of gangs. The G9 Family and Allies gang alliance, led by Cherizier, has formed an alliance with another gang called G-PEP, known as Viva Ensemble, to prevent foreign troops from entering Haiti. This alliance poses a challenge to any potential intervention, as the gangs have amassed significant power in a largely lawless state, despite the immense suffering inflicted upon the Haitian population.

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2 Responses

  1. The blog post discusses an interview with Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, a prominent Haitian gang leader, who has expressed his disregard for foreign nations’ attempts to bring about political transition and peace in Haiti.

    My insights:
    1. Cherizier’s dismissal of foreign nations’ efforts highlights the deep-rooted skepticism and mistrust that exists among certain factions in Haiti towards external intervention. This sentiment is not uncommon in countries with a history of colonialism or foreign interference.
    2. The fact that

  2. It is disheartening to see the dismissal of foreign nations’ efforts to establish a political transition and restore peace in Haiti by Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier. However, it is crucial to recognize that sustainable peace and stability in Haiti cannot solely rely on external interventions.

    One unique solution to address this issue could be to prioritize and empower local community leaders and organizations in the peace-building process. These individuals and groups have a deep understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics within Haiti. By

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