Haiti: Former rebel leader arrives in capital as protests against prime minister gain momentum

Source: SFGate

“A former rebel leader made a surprise appearance in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday amid large protests across the country for the second consecutive day, demanding the ouster of Prime Minister Ariel Henry. Guy Philippe — who played a key role in the 2004 rebellion against former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide — was briefly spotted in the upscale community of Petionville in Port-au-Prince, where he shook hands with Haitians at a park in front of a police station before he left. It wasn’t immediately clear where Philippe was going, but dozens of motorcycle drivers, clearly his supporters, tried to track him down across streets blocked by burning tires. His appearance caused great commotion because of a video he released Monday, calling for a rebellion to oust the prime minister on Feb. 7, the date Haitian leaders are traditionally sworn into office.” (02/06/24)