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Haiti - Petit-Goâve : Violent Clashes, students rushed to the hospital...
23/10/2014 11:21:07

Haiti - Petit-Goâve : Violent Clashes, students rushed to the hospital...
Wednesday, supporters of the various branches of local opposition of Bloc of Democratic Opposition (BOD) [affiliated to MOPOD] and of the Joint Liberation Front (FML) have again took to the streets of Petit-Goâve to demand once more the resignation of the acting agent of executive, Sandra Jules and also to protest against the decision of the Ministry of Interior to put the town of Petit-Goâve under supervision https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-12300-haiti-flash-petit-goave-placed-under-the-supervision-of-the-state.html

At around 10:30 am, applying the instructions of the Minister of the Interior and Local Authorities to take action against any troublemakers, agents of the Departmental Unit for Maintenance of Order (UDMO) and the Corps of Intervention and Maintenance of Order (CIMO), tried to disperse the demonstration using tear gas making the air unbreathable quickly. Groups of youths retaliated by throwing stones and bottles against the security forces.

Several teargas have fallen on the court of school facilities : École Pierre Mendes, École des filles de la Sagesse and École Sacré-Coeur. Many students had severe breathing difficulties, several fainted. Distraught and in tears, parents rushed to schools to bring their children at home.

More than 17 students were rushed to the hospital Notre Dame where they received care with difficulty, due to the strike of employees, claiming payment of their salary arrears...

Until 3:00 pm violent clashes opposing the protesters, the public and law enforcement.

Some local residents and opposition supporters erected barricades and burning tires in the city center: in particular on the street Lamarre, St. Paul Street, Jubilé, Grand Rue and street Dessalines...

Youth of the street Lamarre clashed with UDMO and CIMO with stones, forcing security forces to fire into the air to disperse the violent groups.

For over an hour, the residents of Jubilé, of the Dessalines street and street Lamarre defied the security forces, the preventing them from entering in their neighborhood, pitting them strong resistance, entrenched behind burning barricades and throwing all kinds of projectiles at police. Most of the streets of downtown were blocked by youth and the national road #2 was closed to traffic...

Finally, the security forces took over on demonstrators and regained control of the situation. Until 7 pm, protesters were still visible in the streets and the situation remained very tense...

Early on Thursday, the security forces are through the streets of Petit-Goâve and still fail to free ome streets in the downtown area that are completely closed to traffic. The security forces have thus attempted, unsuccessfully, to unblock the street Lamarre and Dessalines under the stones and they shoot in the air before retreating...

Schools are closed on Thursday. Aside from youth groups, supporters of the opposition have not yet invested the streets... Chaos reigns in Petit-Goâve and no one can say what will happen this Thursday...

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