By María Torrellas on February 10, 2017
In a very lackluster ceremony, with almost no presence of international mandataries save a numerous delegation of US diplomats, Jovenel Moïse was appointed President of Haiti. But no media outlet reported that, at the same time, Haitian streets were boiling with protests in rejection to Moïse and his people. Resumen Latinoamericano talked about this with Henry Boisrolin, member of the Haitian Democratic Committee.
What’s your take on Haiti’s situation after the recent inauguration of Jovenel Moïse as President, with the support of the United States and the International Community?
In the first place, I’d like to renew once again my full solidarity with Resumen Latinoamericano regarding the attack you suffered last December, because I must take this opportunity to condemn this attempt to censor you and express our full solidarity because this mustn’t remain unpunished.
Regarding Haiti, it’s true that the President appointed by the Electoral Council is nothing but a direct representative of the Haitian elite, of the big landowners of Haiti and Dominican Republic, and of the International Community, led by US imperialism. This has to be very clear: Moïse was their candidate, not the people’s.
Resumen editorial comment: During the presidential campaign candidate Trump said he would roll back Obama’s Cuban policy reforms unless Cuban leaders allowed religious freedom and freed political prisoners. Since he was elected Trump has not just pushed for the racist exclusion of immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries but he has also whipped up a climate of hate against all Muslim people in the U.S. producing an increase of attacks on mosques and Muslim people in general. Meanwhile Cuba, that allows all religions to exist with tolerance and respect, is now about to build one of the largest mosques in Latin America.
February 17, 2017
The country’s some 10,000 Muslims have since 2015 been congregating for prayers in a building space in downtown Havana.
The city of Havana is set to build Cuba’s first mosque, touted to be one of the largest in Latin America, as its Muslim population continues to grow.
Since 2015, when the government authorized that Cuba’s some 10,000 Muslims should have a place of worship, they have been congregating in a building space in downtown Havana for prayers, where copies of the Quran in both Spanish and Arabic are abundant. The new mosque is set to be built in Old Havana.