Crisis in Haiti: a military intervention seen with a dim view in Quebec

They've been visiting there multiple times and it doesn't alter anything," says Abuse Victor, owner of Montreal North's Haitian eatery Adonaï.

That is not what we require in any way. “They’ve been there multiple times, but nothing has changed; in fact, it’s the opposite,” says Abuse Victor, owner of the Haitian restaurant Adona, which is located in Montreal North. Adona serves Haitian cuisine.

She, along with other members of the Quebec community of Haitian origin who were interviewed by Le Journal, has a pessimistic view of the possibility being considered by the United Nations Security Council to carry out military intervention in the country of the Antilles in order to combat the threat posed by gangs and insecurity.

Chantal Ismé, vice-president of the board of directors of the Maison d’Haiti, which is located in Montreal, insists that “people in Haiti do not want it and we too in the diaspora, we do not want it.

Bad memories

To this day, none of the various occupations have ever resulted in anything beneficial for Haiti. Despite the fact that I do not believe it to be the one that will deliver something additional, Ms. Ismé continues.

The four members of the diaspora who were interviewed by Le Journal all cited negative events from their background as the basis for their argument. They have especially negative recollections of the UN military involvement in 2004 that took place in the aftermath of the coup.

Ms. Victor wonders aloud, “What are they going to bring this time?” She is referring to the cholera outbreak that was brought into the country by Nepalese soldiers following the earthquake in 2010.

Chantal Ismé also mentions cholera in her account, in which she recalls that the intervention in 2004 had resulted in the “rape of women and children.”

Instead, many people think that the factors that contribute to insecurity should be addressed, such as the ease with which criminal gangs may obtain firearms and ammunition.

“Haiti does not manufacture firearms or ammunition. Chantal Ismé points out that the United States is a very likely origin of the weaponry in question. “We know very well that the source of the weapons originates from the United States.”

A viewpoint is shared by Frantz André, who is also an advocate for going after individuals who provide financial support to the gangs who are responsible for the current anarchy.

“I believe that the international community has the ability to know who the sponsors of the mercenaries are and can [sic] implement sanctions against these people,” you said. “I believe that the international community has the ability to know who the sponsors of the mercenaries are.

Jean-Claude Icart, who works with the organization Concertation pour Hati, is disappointed that the situation is being viewed exclusively through the lens of insecurity. He emphasizes that what the Haitian people, who have been demonstrating for a number of weeks in that country, are calling for is not being listened to by the international community in a significant way.

“All public grievances have been stifled by the gangs, and the only thing the international community has been able to do is to hold back instability.”

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