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Haiti - FLASH : Dead and wounded across the country (partial assessment)
19/11/2018 06:27:14

Haiti - FLASH : Dead and wounded across the country (partial assessment)
Sunday in the capital as in the main provincial cities, barricades of burning tires were erected on the main roads. Public transport and informal trade have been completely paralyzed. Motorcycles were seen fluttering with black and red flags.

People won the streets in large numbers across the country to demand full light on the use of PetroCaribe funds while opposition demanded the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. A mobilization, however, lower than that of October 17, according to several observers

Eddy Jackson Alexis, the Secretary of State for Communication congratulated the professional work of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) but deplored and condemned attacks against companies, residences, private property and diplomatic residences whose public record has not been released.

Deaths and injuries have been reported across the country: 6 dead, 5 wounded and more than twenty arrest (partial assessment) according to Michel-Ange Louis Jeune, spokesman for the PNH.

11 dead, 47 wounded and 75 arrests according to a partial balance sheet of the opposition communicated at the end of the day Sunday at a press conference.

For security reasons, President Moïse on Sunday canceled the planned trip with members of his cabinet to Cap Haitien to commemorate the 215th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières. Following this decision, the movement of the democratic opposition qualified the Head of State as "cowardly". For his part to Vertière Moïse Jean-Charles boasted alongside the demonstrators to have prevented the President of the Republic to go to Vertières.

Sunday morning at the Champ de Mars, President Moïse briefly made a floral offering at the foot of the monument dedicated to the heroes of Vertières. Subsequently, he addressed the Nation in a pre-recorded message broadcast on the National Television of Haiti (TNH) where he recalled "The symbolism of Vertières calls for dialogue, union and understanding between girls and girls in the country, despite their differences and divergences" Listen to President Moïse' message : https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26154-haiti-vertieres-215th-message-to-the-nation-of-president-jovenel-moise.html

A call for dialogue rejected by the opposition that maintains the mobilization. According to Me André Michel "There is only one option. Jovenel Moïse is a political corpse that must be brought to the cemetery. It's over for him. We can not do anything with him anymore. He must leave without delay to avoid chaos..."

The opposition asked the population to stay at home on Monday, November 19th. For his part Eddy Jackson Alexis, the Secretary of State for Communication asked the population to go about its activities as usual, ensuring that the police always present, firmly ensure the protection of people and their property.

Port-au-Prince :
In Pétion-ville a man was shot in the head and a Nouvelliste collaborator wounded in the head by a stone's throw;
At Delmas 2, a protester was shot in the foot;
In Martissant Harrisson Junior Aristide, head of the Communal Section Board (CASEC) reports that several people were injured by bullets;
Sporadic shooting was reported by residents at Carrefour de l'Aviation and surrounding areas;
At Bourdon (Musseau crossroad) a police vehicle registered 1-00063 was burned;
The road to the residence of President Moïse was inaccessible;
The prime minister's offices were attacked by stones thrown, security agents had to shoot in the air to disperse the protesters.
At the level of Lalue inflamed tires and extensive vandalism have been reported.
At the Champs de Mars, protesters raised the black and red flag on the statue of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. The police intervened and removed the flag.

Cap-Haïtien :
1 dead, know as Tichèch shot dead in the street 9, by an unidentified individual;
4 wounded by bullet, including one police officer in the leg, but his life would not be in danger;
2 injured by throwing stones;
5 arrests for throwing stones and disturbing public order

Petit-Goâve :
Dr. Fred Jasmin, President of the Commission in charge of the Notre Dame Hospital in Petit-Goâve, presented the review of the victims of the day received and treated in the emergency department:

Johny Jean Baptiste, age 20, broken left forearm;
Johnson Toussaint, 26, Grade I head trauma;
Lucner Pierre, 23, shot in the left arm;
Alex Saintine, 23, father, from Dirèse, locality of the 6th communal section of Petit-Goâve was shot in the frontal area, massive bleeding and general condition very critical.

All the victims were treated but Alex Saintine died at 1:50 pm. Note that the ambulance of the hospital received three times throwing stones trying to rescue Alex Saintine. Angry demonstrators who preferred to demonstrate with the body of the victim than to give it to the ambulance.

HL/ HaitiLibre / Guyto Mathieu (Correspondant Petit-Goâve)

Les Cayes :
In Les Cayes the demonstration was sometimes very violent reports the PNH, the highly motivated demonstrators had erected barricades of burning tires and threw stones and bottles against the police. The police had to intervene vigorously to regain control of the situation.

Miragoâne :
In a clash between anti-regime protesters and pro-government, Daniel Pongnon, vice-delegate of the city of Miragoâne was shot in the abdomen while his security agent was wounded in one leg

The situation remained tense all day in the city, where sporadic gunfire and bursts of automatic weapons were reported by witnesses in several parts of the city.

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