On Friday (July 23), as friends, family and colleagues of Jovenel Moïse gathered to lay Haiti’s assassinated president to rest, mayhem occurred outside of the funeral. As the Associated Press reported, an unruly crowd upset about Moïse’s death alleged that authorities killed the president and attacked Haitian National Police Chief León Charles with cries of “assassin” and “criminal.”
“You didn’t take any measures to save Jovenel! You contributed to his killing!” one woman yelled, while another person said, “You need to leave now or we’re going to get you after the funeral!”
Protesters set up barricades around the compound and lit them ablaze, prompting officers to ring fire and use tear gas in an attempt to control them.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and the US delegation departed shortly after.
Meanwhile at the funeral, which took place in northern city of Cap-Haitien, Moïse’s loved ones, including his widow, Martine Moïse, mourned his loss with heartfelt speeches and demands for justice to be served in his tragic death.
“We lost a fight, but we did not lose the war,” the First Lady said before addressing his killers. “They are here looking at us. They are not even hiding,” she continued. “They are there looking at us and listening to us, and they hope to make us afraid. Their blood-lust is not over yet.”
As REVOLT previously reported, a group of armed and trained men broke into Moïse’s home on July 7, blew his left eye out and shot him multiple times. His wife, whose arm is in a sling after being injured in the attack, claimed the assailants took his life despite his efforts to better the country.
“They plotted against you and sentenced you to death,” she said before promising to seek justice. “Go in peace, my love. Go with the feeling of accomplishment. We will do the rest.”
Following Moïse’s death, Prime Acting Minister Claude Joseph, who temporarily replaced the Haitian president, announced his plans to step down and cede his duties to Ariel Henry. A total of 26 suspects, including Colombian soldiers, some Haitian cops and a few Haitian Americans were arrested amid the ongoing investigation.