October 19, 2021

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Pay attention. Consequences of a Massacre – Haitian Political Instability Affects DR

J.C. Malone

When the explosions of submachine guns break the silence of dawn, they know that they will have a new government at dawn in Port-au-Prince. It was as normal for Haitians as elections elsewhere, but “extraordinary” in the early July.

Badly wounded and carrying a revolver in his hand, the former president crawled to the French embassy, ​​where they granted him political asylum.

The rebels, guided by thirst, quiet sharks, scent and drops of blood, reached the hiding place.

They entered and dragged President Jean-Wilbroen to Guilloom Tama Street, where they cut him off.

At dawn on July 1915, happy rebels displayed the remains of the president as Olympic medals.

106 years later this July 7, the submachine guns returned to quell the silence of Haiti Dawn, and now they have assassinated President Joanel Moss, the Haitian government has changed.

Like Guillaume Sam, the assassination of Moss in 1915 could deepen political instability in Haiti, directly affecting the Dominican Republic.

Coincidentally, on July 28, 1915, when Quilm Sam was assassinated? The U.S. Navy invaded Haiti, and on May 13 they invaded the Dominican Republic.

In international politics, the rule of geography, the Haitian hero Dozent Louvre explained it in a different way: the island of Santo Domingo is one and inseparable.

Both countries participate in the same historical-political dance, and one’s movement always echoes the other.

Dominican-Haitian dance
In 1915-16, Haiti and the Dominican Republic shared total political instability.

In 1915 there were three presidents in Haiti, Joseph Dave Theodore, Guillaume Sam, and Philip Sutre Dardigunave.

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In 1916 the Dominicans had two presidents, Juan Isitro Jimenez, and later Francisco Henriques and Carvajal.

The Haitian “Cagos” opposed the American occupation troops in 1915, as did the Dominican “Guilleros” in 1916.

Both countries have experienced three assassinations, killing an average president in Haiti every 100 years. They assassinated President Henry Christopher in 1820, Guilloom Sam in 1915 and now Moss in 2021.

In the Dominican Republic, three presidents were assassinated in 72 years, Ulysses Hurox in 1899, Ramon Cicero in 1911 and Rafael Trujillo in 1961.

Both countries shared a massacre.

In 1870, President Sylvain Salnav was ousted from Haiti and sought asylum in Dominican Republic. When he reached the border, General Jose Maria Cabral arrested him and handed him over to his followers, who “tried, punished” and shot him.

A famous Dominican of the last century explained to me the fundamental difference between the Dominican and the Haitians.

Juan Bosch
One Sunday afternoon I interviewed Caesar Nicholas Benson of El Caribe when he was living on the street. After the interview, he bought me a lemon and we talked about art and literature.

Bosch explained to me that quotes came to my mind, “Haitians are an active people, we are not, the difference is in art. We are storytellers, poets, playwrights, and if I write something I don’t like, I take the page from the razor and throw it in the trash.

“Haitians, because they are painters, can’t do that, painting is an art. If something goes wrong on the canvas when you make a stroke of it, you can’t throw it away and have to keep painting until you get a picture. Haitians Painters, check out our boardwalk full of Haitian paintings. People of action, any day they get up and behead their rulers ”.

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Bosch always knew what he was saying.
Haitian political activity has always affected Dominicans.

Haitian political instability means at least a humanitarian crisis on the border, and the Dominican government must be prepared for it, no matter what else happens.

Under no circumstances should we repeat the example of General Jose Maria Cabral.