Odd twist: Haiti requests U.S. troops for security as gunfights proliferate

Odd twist: Haiti requests U.S. troops for security as gunfights proliferate
Haitian police hunt for killers of President Jovenel Moise, Jul 2021. Guardian video, YouTube

[Ed. – The whole world going insane?  In the past, responses to Haitian crises have involved the OAS, and at a minimum, since 2010, could invoke the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to organize cooperation among the Caribbean states.  It’s downright weird that Haiti would reach out to the U.S. and just make a request for troops from us.  Something “off” about this whole situation.  Film at 11 – if there is any.  (Incidentally, the U.S. was never a colonial overlord in Haiti.)]

After 24 hours of wild gun battles with suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s president, the nation’s authorities announced the arrests of 20 people and called on the United States to send troops to help protect crucial infrastructure.

Haiti’s remarkable request for military assistance from the United States, a former colonial overlord that has repeatedly intervened in the nation’s affairs, is a measure of how deeply shaken the nation has been by days of chaos and intrigue. As new developments unfolded at a dizzying pace on Friday, the mystery over who was ultimately behind the assassination only deepened.

On the streets, vigilantes prowled for suspects, and the police killed at least three people in gunfights. The vast majority of those arrested have turned out to be from Colombia — former military men turned mercenaries …

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