Haiti Reconstruction - Demolition Begins in Downtown Port-au-Prince in areas declared for Public Utility (d'Utilité Publique)

Did you know? A big chunck of downtown Port-au-Prince Haiti has been declared for public utility (eminent domain, as they say in the USA). Demolition has begun on that part or downtown Port-au-Prince and some local residents are crying foul play...

Haiti - Demolition of Rue De La Reunion, Downtown Port-au-Prince
Haiti - Demolition of Rue De La Reunion, Downtown Port-au-Prince

I know someone who own a property in that part of Downtown Port-au-Prince who told be the government of Haiti paid a nice chunk of change that property but it looks like not everyone is saying the same thing.

According to an article published in Le Nouvelliste, some residents are complaining about the way in which authorities are demolishing the buildings. some are complaining that they have not received any compensation.

Michel Presumé, Secretary of State of Planification, said Monday in a press conference that the compensation money is in the bank however homeowners have to present their ORIGINAL property title in order to be compensated...

I don't know if you will agree with me but it has been proven difficult of know exactly who own what in Haiti... You know what I mean?

One more issue that Michel Presumé addressed is the fact that there are actual homeowners who already received compensation for their homes from the government who have turned back around and rented that same property for profit.

What do you think about this?

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Louiji says...

What was the criteria used to declare the area public utility?

This cavalier way of doing this is typical to the administration of governments of Haiti(past and present).

Isn't ludicrous to hear the secretary of planification says flatly the money for compensation is deposit in a bank. For what

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Patrick Princivil says...

Sé normal pou tout salop zyé vèt itilizé sèvo yo sou pèp Haïsyen paské 3 partis politik nan payi d'Haiti nan déchoukaj, blan ak po jòn méchan yo ap pofité, pa okipé yo, sé zwazo méchan yo yé, si yo nan réglémand kont yo avek Rafael Blasco sé pou yo réglé afè yo ak li piga yo itizé nom Haïti nan tintin yo. Bank suisse ak LaFrance té soti pou yo té vòlè tout richès payi d'Haiti nan main Jean Claude Duvalier.

Prop Américains ki swa dizan démontré lap édé Haïti té fèmin zyé yo sou prétèx Jean Cleaude Duvalier sé diktatè, Jean Claude Duvalier li sé méchan, ki yès ki pi méchan?

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Le Nouvelliste says...

Le processus de démolition des maisons se poursuit au centre-ville de Port-au-Prince.

Mais ce ne sont plus seulement les pelles mécaniques, les engins lourds des Travaux publics qui détruisent les maisons.

Dans les zones concernées par le processus d'expropriation, les jeunes gens se mettent au pas. Marteaux et scies métalliques en main, ils n'attendent même pas le signal des techniciens des Travaux publics pour arracher les portes, les fenêtres, et commencer à abattre les maisons à coups de marteau.

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