DISINFO: The US and Colombia refuse to provide explanations for murder of Haiti's President
  • Outlet: actualidad.rt.com [from 00:00:30 to 00:01:23], [from 00:03:34 to 00:04:40], [from 00:25:24 to 00:25:34] (archived)*
  • Date of publication: July 19, 2021
  • Article language(s): Spanish
  • Reported in: Issue 254
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Colombia, Haiti
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DISINFO: The US and Colombia refuse to provide explanations for murder of Haiti's President


Who perpetrated the shooting of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse? Some of the perpetrators have been arrested or taken down and, surprise, 26 are former military personnel from Colombia and two have US and Haitian citizenship. Suspects from two nations -Colombia and the US- which immediately offered help needed to know the truth of this magnicide and bring peace to the streets. What really happened? Is this a perfectly orchestrated coup? Can we say that Moïse was a nuisance, and why did the UN immediately confirm the interim prime minister as a temporary legitimate head of the government? The events in Haiti are both suspicious and worrying.

Hours after the murder, there were some revelations. First, the fact that it wasn’t a spontaneous event but was premeditated. Second, that some others who affirmed to be consternated or ‘shocked,’ as Biden said, have been later stained by controversy.

Can anybody explain what the former Colombian military personnel allegedly involved in this murder and two US citizens stained by the blood of this magnicide did? Somebody should provide an answer. Is there going to be some accountability, or they will remain silent? Only Bogota has faced public questions, but nothing came from the US. A silence that is very worrying because in the first moment, two of the arrested claimed to be working for the DEA. This silence is remarkable but hardly surprising because they don’t want to be implicated, because the issue has fully blown up, and this may splash much higher. Haitians can’t allow a clear external interference as the one that was attempted here, including the murder of the president.


Through the use of terms like “premeditated event”, “orchestrated coup”, “implicated” or “external interference” and manipulative allusions to the words of US president Joe Biden and the alleged silence of US authorities, this disinformation message aims to arise suspicions about the possible involvement of US and Colombian governments in the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse on 7 July 2021.

Contrary to the claim, which is not backed by any evidence, the fact that some of the suspects arrested are US citizens of Haitian origin or Colombians doesn’t imply an official involvement of either government in the operation. On the contrary, US and Colombian authorities have been transparent about their findings on these mercenaries, such as the fact that some of them had received US military training when they were active members of the Colombian army or that one of them had been a former DEA informant, as well as many other details found by Colombian investigators.

This disinformation message is part of a wider effort to frame the US and Colombia as responsible for recent events in Latin America such as shootings between criminal gangs and Venezuelan security forces in Caracas. See here for further debunking of these false allegations.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives about Latin America, such as claims that there is a Western media campaign against Nicaragua, that a UN human rights report on Venezuela aims to de-legitimise the upcoming legislative elections, that violent pro-Maduro thugs are Western media propaganda, that a Twitter campaign against Evo Morales may be run by the CIA, that the West refused to call the coup attempt in Venezuela ‘a coup’, or that an alleged US dirty war in Facebook against Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico is a new Condor Plan.


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