We Fly Haiti’s Flag to Honor Late President Moïse
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The Bahamas joins other CARICOM nations in flying the Haitian flag after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
Cabinet Office released a statement on Wednesday evening saying it will observe Moïse’s death as a member state of CARICOM.
Haiti’s flag will be flown along with the CARICOM flag at half-mast on Thursday, Friday and the day of his funeral.
After his death, CARICOM heads of government met and issued a statement condemning “this abhorrent and reprehensible act that comes at a time of deep turmoil and institutional weakness in the country.”
Caricom leaders have called for the assassins to be “apprehended and brought to justice, and for law and order to prevail,” in the island-nation.
The statement goes on to say, “In accordance with its values, as expressed in its Charter of Civil Society, the Caribbean Community does not settle its differences by violence which undermines democracy and the rule of law, but peacefully through dialogue and recourse to democratic institutions.”
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Gunmen killed President Moïse and critically wounded his wife Martine who is receiving treatment at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
Police said they have arrested two suspects and killed four others responsible for Moise’s death at around six in the afternoon. It is not known if others were involved in the plot to kill the late president.
Haiti has since been placed on lockdown for two weeks since the events unfolded, as the country grapples to maintain control and security.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and is usually beset by gang violence, rising inflation, and protests by opposition supporters.