Haiti demonstrators petition government to become U.S. territory (Video)

Frantz St. Germaine,  a Haitian pastor who helps manage The Global Orphanage Project in Haiti, posted video this weekend that shows Haitians holding American flags and chanting “Obama.”

Frantz said the video shows about 20,000 Haitians demonstrating their desire to make Haiti an American territory – similar to Puerto Rico in 1917.

“They urge the Senators of Haiti to contact the American Congress to present their case,” Frantz wrote.  “This is the first time such an event happen in the history of the Island. They claim the support of all the haitians living in the USA.”

It’s uncertain how many Haitians share this view, but Frantz said in an e-mail that it was a popular movement across Haiti.  He said similar demonstrations have taken place in Port-au-Prince, Petit Goave, Grand Goave and people are planning another demonstration next week in Grand’Anse.

“The people don’t want to continue under the old system anymore. They want change: partnership with USA. The actual situation is like a bomb in hold mode. Any time it can explode,” Frantz wrote in an e-mail.  “The next few weeks are going to be crucial for our land.  Food, medication, items to use every day are becoming rare. The government is overwhelmed by the situation. ”

Frantz works for my company’s Cambry Center in Haiti.  Follow his Twitter updates from the ground HERE.

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