The Baghdad Bugle - Iraq, Haiti, Libya (Haiti)

April 22, 18:00 - The Haitian National Police (PNH) have called a strike after 05 of their members were killed in 03 days this week in Martissant, Carrefour and on Route Delmas (Delmas 02 and 30) in Port au Prince. The strike was originally planned for April 24 but has been moved forward to this evening at 18:00. A strike by the National Police is illegal and moves are already being made to have it cancelled, a polite way of saying that disinformation is already being spread that the strike has been cancelled. Martissant has seen gunbattles between the police and local gang members this week with deaths on both sides. Police responded with 'muscular' house to house searches and have made several arrests. One gang member believed responsible for at least one police death was killed outright. In an unrelated incident the PNH arrested a politician's bodyguard for illegal weapons possession. The politician had his bodyguard freed and the police were threatened. That same night one of the officers was gunned down in his home suburb of Carrefour. The police are blaming the politician's men with the strike being called over this and the other police killings. Technically, there won't be an actual 'strike' if the action does go ahead. The police will go to their stations but will refuse to man checkpoints or respond to criminal acts even if in the vicinity of their station. Waiting to see how it actually pans out through the night .....

April 17, 2012: The Haitian Parliament was not 'Stormed' by Armed Gunmen.

It has been referred to as an 'incident', a 'disruption' and as a 'storming' of the Haitian parliament by armed ex-military gunmen. The 'storming' description obviously gained the most attention. To anybody reading the account from outside Haiti they would probably think there had been another attempted coup d'etat. Ex-military personnel, some of whom were armed, did enter parliament and upset the sensibiliites of some of the politicians in attendance. For those new to the story, Haitian president Michel Martelly made an election promise during the presidential campaign to restore the army that was disbanded under ex-President Jean Bertrand Aristide in 1994. The problem for Martelly is twofold, apart from the election promise, the army exists according to the constitution of Haiti. The actions of a drug dealing, swindler such as Aristide counts for little in the eyes of the law or the ex-soldiers aiming for reinstatement of the Haitian army. The other complication for Martelly has been the restrained, orderly and even diplomatic posture of the so-called 'armed, mercenary thugs bent on tearing Haitian society apart' (read white ex-pat saviour-of-the-poor-black-people types) . The lack of violence on their part has continued the stalemate in their favour. Both Haitian and foreign UN police in Haiti openly state that it was Martelly who created the problem (with the election promise) so he can deal with it. Whatever one's opinion on the subject, nobody 'stormed' the Haitian parliament on April 17, 2012.