By: Kim Ives - Haiti Liberte
First, President Michel Martelly got rid of Prime Minister Garry
Conille in February. Now, he is trying to fire the Director General of the Haitian National Police (HNP) Mario Andresol. But the police chief is refusing to step down.
The showdown for control of Haiti's only official armed force, and the crux of state power, is part of a larger, complex class struggle
between three sectors: Washington, Martelly's neo-Duvalierists, and the Haitian masses.
Andresol is a key pawn of Washington on Haiti’s political chessboard, as was Conille (see "Class Analysis of a Crisis: What Lies Behind PM Conille's Resignation?" in Haiti Liberte, Vol. 5, No. 33, 2/29/2012). Since becoming Haiti’s police chief in 2005, he has been viewed by Washington as "trustworthy," according to numerous secret U.S. State Department cables obtained by the media organization WikiLeaks and provided to Haiti Liberte.