- Jean Jonas
Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier threatens violent ouster of P.M. Ariel Henry
Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, who leads the powerful G9 gang federation, said Wednesday he is prepared to remove Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry “at the cost of blood.”
Cherizier convened a press conference in Port-au-Prince’s La Saline neighborhood to demand the “immediate resignation” of Henry, “above all because he is suspected of participating in the odious and vile assassination” of President Jovenel Moise on July 7.
Once the interim prime is out of the way, the G9 boss said, “the key to the country will be given to a new class of men and women of civil society.”
“The country doesn’t have a prime minister, the president was assassinated. The country has no leader. That is why we, as patriots, struggle to rectify the situation,” the 44-year-old former police officer said.
Despite his demand for the prime minister to step down, Cherizier said that the battle was not against Henry, but rather “against the 5 percent (of the population) who keep 95 percent of the country’s wealth.”
“It’s a battle against the system, against the corrupt oligarchs,” he said. “Today, we chose to take them (the guns), use them against those who gave them to us in order to liberate the country,” he added.