Haiti - Security : The PNH takes control of camp of Lamentin, more than 50 arrests
During operations Friday and Saturday, 50 persons claiming to be of former Armed Forces of Haiti (FAd'H) and other individuals were arrested and taken to the police station of Port-au-Prince and to the DCPJ.
The elite units of the PNH and Minustah peacekeepers have regained control of the camp of Lamentin and of Bon Repos It is noted that these takeovers, took place without any real confrontations. According to testimony from area residents, when the police arrived at the camp of Lamentin, former military had already abandoned [mostly] the space they occupied for nearly five months. Many armored vehicles of the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (Minustah) and police vehicles were seen around the camp emptied of its occupants, as well as peacekeepers in the camp.
Gunshots were heard in the night of May 18 to 19 no one can know the exact origin, have caused great fear among residents of Carrefour.
Leaders of the movement of former-military, reported that the abandonment of the camps, were within the framework of a tactic, to continue the struggle for the remobilization of FAd'H.
We also learned that the men in fatigues, who illegally occupied the offices of the Departmental Directorate North of Ministry of Agriculture, Cap Haitien, also left the premises that they occupied since March 2012. In the afternoon of Sunday, the camp of Peligre, in the center was also evacuated.
The former Sergeant Joseph Jean Baptiste, one of the spokesmen of former militaryexplained that the former soldiers have retreated to prove their patience at the administration Martelly. Stating that the military had no intention of abandoning the struggle for the return FAd'H, he warned against the risk of police-military confrontation... inviting the police officers not to seek confrontation. "We plan a new strategy in our struggle," he affirmed without providing further details... Concerning the arrests, the former sergeant demanding the immediate release of demobilized soldiers, which according to him, will avoid to heighten tension in the sites still occupied across the country.
For its part, the Government congratulates the PNH and states that no casualties were recorded during operations and that numerous arrests have taken place, indicating that most of the leaders of armed groups, are actively sought...
Having been informed of operations while he was in Miami, the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe declared "[...] I want to announce with great pride that we have managed to release the camp of Lamentin, that the former demobilized soldiers ccupied illegally. I say in my Policy General that I would take immediate action... Today, I can tell you that the National Police occupy the camp of Lamentin and there are many [former soldiers] who were arrested and others who have escaped... The important thing is that we control the camp and we will continue [...] for there is a rule of law that is respected in Haiti. If Haiti wants to get ahead, it is necessary that we attract investors. If people trust us, we can not have illegal forces around the country. The thing was done with professionalism, the whole operation went well [...] it is already a great victory for the police themselves in terms of trust, security of the country, I am very happy about it."
Réginald Delva, the Secretary of State for Public Security, describes this movement of individuals of criminal conspiracy and declared Saturday "...we think this is a great victory for the PNH, who with great courage conducted two operations [Lamentin and Bon Repos]. I must tell you that the operations began yesterday at the National Palace [...] that led to the arrest of about 50 individuals [...] the Camp Bon Repos was also occupied, we announced it [the operation] covertly, we did not want put the lives of police officers in danger [...] fortunately there is no blood that flowed, there were no casualties.
We are launching a clear message to all those who were there and who certainly have weapons in hand, the operations will not stop. There is no question of closing one side to open another. It is now important that the Government Commissioner, continues to search for individuals that deserve be searched [...] it is important that justice be referred of what happened. We will continue to track down the people that we must stalk, so that us restore the authority of the State.
We tried to talk for a long time, we try to communicate with the people who were there, unfortunately, they decided to always get in front of the law. Again, this is a great victory for justice. The President Martelly spoke of a rule of law, it is not just a word. We restore the authority of the state, I think this is a great example... [...] this is a great victory that puts people at ease and also puts the police in confidence..."
HL/ SL/ HaitiLibre