JUANA MENDES, Haiti – Former Cap-Haitien police chief Guy Philippe visited an area where his compatriots are building a canal to redirect the Massare River and assured that Haitians “can build what we think is needed as many canals as possible”.
“I am here to pay tribute to the determination and bravery of the men and women who claimed the independence and sovereignty of our country,” declared the former coup leader, who was deported from the United States on December 1 and is serving a prison sentence in the United States. Scammed more than $1 million from Colombian cocaine traffickers.
Accused the U.S. Embassy of being tough
Philippe blamed the “American Embassy” for Haiti’s difficulties and said Prime Minister Ariel Henry had American support.
“That’s why I say it’s the U.S. Embassy’s fault that those people who are dying in this neighborhood because of gangs,” he said in an interview during a visit to the area.
“Revolution for the People”
He promised that 2024 will be the year when respect is reestablished in Haiti and the people will usher in a “revolution.”
In 2004, Philippe led a rebellion that overthrew the elected president in exile, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
In the 1990s he served as chief of police in Cap-Haïtien until October 2000, when he was accused of involvement in the attempted coup against President Rene Préval, for which he had to travel to the Dominican Republic during the government of Hipolito Mejía Republic takes refuge.