A man looks to the skies while protesting the results of the November 28th elections in front of the presidential palace.
Today is Sunday, which means most Haitians are in church. Instead of the chants of political protesters, you hear the chants of churches filled with songs and prayer, which is a nice change of pace. The city was open again today, so we made another trip to the grocery store to stock up on extra non-perishable foodstuffs, and even made it to La Reserve to watch a little football.
But the calm isn’t supposed to last much longer. Already schools have been canceled tomorrow in anticipation of more large protests and barricaded streets. The protests are reportedly going to be against the CEP, which is the body that ran the elections. On Saturday, Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly announced that they were rejecting the “recount” that was proposed by the CEP, which has raised fears that the protests and riots could start anew. It turns out the recount wasn’t really a recount anyways, and was simply a “retabulation” of the tally sheets from polling stations.
But the reality is that the final results of the election won’t be announced until December 20th, leaving many ex-pats (including us) who have plane tickets to go home for the holidays debating whether we should leave a little earlier. Almost everyone we have spoken to has moved their tickets from the 22nd or the 23rd to the 18th or the 19th, because they’re worried that the airport will be closed following the announcement due to more riots. We’re going to figure out our gameplan tonight while munching on some delicious homemade pizza. But I guess it could be worse, I mean, at least the roof of our football stadium isn’t collapsing because 20 inches of snow had just fallen on it (Check out this video!).