Photo: Leigh Vogel / Getty Images for Concordia Summit
HAITI, July 8, 2021 ~ Wednesday morning, the President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse was assassinated.
Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph declared a “state of siege,” which ranks above a “state of emergency,” but below a “state of war.”
“An unidentified group of individuals, some of whom were speaking in Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and mortally wounded him,” said Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.
According to Haitian officials, the “well trained professional commandos” were dressed as United States DEA agents.
760 WJR’s Mitch Albom is currently in Haiti, and spoke to Guest Host Sean Baligian during The Mitch Albom Show on Wednesday.
“Jovenel Moïse … was not very popular, and had been holding office pretty much against the people’s will for the past year, claiming that he was owed another year of presidency,” said Mitch. “And so he was basically ruling by decree.”
July 7, 2021 ~ Mitch Albom talks to Guest Host Sean Baligian live from Port Au Prince, Haiti to talk about the assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse.
“We stand ready and stand by them to provide any assistance that is needed,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaski. “It’s important that people of Haiti know that.”
As of Thursday night, Haitian officials say at least two Haitian Americans are among six men arrested for the assassination. Seven men have been killed in gunfights with Haiti’s National Police.
“All people in Haiti want from the government is food, security, electricity, safety,” said Mitch. “And they don’t get it.”