I realized that I haven’t answered my Mother in Law’s question about what happened last Friday. I thought I would do that here because others might have the same questions.
Thank you so much for the full update. Just to clarify though, today’s decision was to delay the actual trial of the defendant? And before his trial, the others will be arrested and questioned? And only then will there be a trial? And meantime the defendant will be kept in jail?
Continuing to pray for all of you and your staff,
Yes, the decision on Friday was to delay the actual trial of the defendant, Asne.
Yes, before his trial the others need to be arrested and investigated.
Yes, only after all of that is done with there be a trial.
Yes, he will stay in prison until then. At least he’s supposed to.
That’s the short of it :) If you have any more questions, please fire away.
Today while I was up doing Medika Manba Chris called me and said, “Don’t come home! There’s a manifestation!” I wasn’t ready to come home, but I appreciated that he called.
A manifestation is a protest, but in Haiti they often end up getting violent. The manifestation was to protest Asne still being in prison. The road was blocked and it’s just not a good idea to be around during a manifestation. We were stressed. Chris called the UN RCMP (Canadian police) officer that we have as a contact and found out that he was already there. After it was all over Chris found out that it was actually a peaceful, if not loud, protest. They had arranged for the police to come and for UN police to be there to keep things under control.
I fully believe that people have the right to free speech, and that they should be able to protest, if it’s peaceful. I was happy to hear that this was the case today. Yes, it was against us, but it gave people a chance to voice their thoughts and frustrations. That’s a good thing. I appreciate that they planned it out and chose to do it in a peaceful way. To our knowledge this has never happened in our community. The fact that they chose to do it that way is something that we consider to be a step forward.
**Late edit: Okay, so after talking to some credible sources apparently the manifestation wasn’t peaceful. There were people throwing rocks etc. The police came to break it up and unblock the road along with the UN. They came really fast. The most interesting part is that Asne’s family paid for people to come from St. Marc to start the manifestation.
Please keep praying. Pray for our community, that God would open eyes, ears and hearts to hear the truth. Pray for those that are responsible, that God would move in them and that through this they might find Him. Pray that we will be able to stand strong. I think we are feeling more hopeful and more at peace. We know that God is on the throne and that he IS doing something, many things.