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Haiti - FLASH : Important damage, at least 4 dead and 21 wounded during the demonstrations
08/02/2019 08:17:27

Haiti - FLASH : Important damage, at least 4 dead and 21 wounded during the demonstrations
On Thursday, answering the opposition's call, several thousand people took to the streets of Port-au-Prince. Several provincial cities among others : Gonaïves, Mirebalais, Jacmel, Cap-Haitien among others have also experienced a major mobilization. Protesters including many highly motivated youths, launching anti-government slogans, brandishing placards and tree branches demanded in bulk the departure of the President of the Republic, the PetroCaribe trial, jobs, to eat or protest against the dear life and corruption among others ...

The demonstrations caused the paralysis of commercial and other activities, schools, banks, shops, supermarkets and service stations having kept closed doors.

During the day, several demonstrations witnessed episodes of violence during clashes with police who used tear gas and repeatedly fired live ammunition into the air to disperse protesters.

Barricades of burning used tires, stones and other objects were erected on some streets and avenues of Port-au-Prince where protesters burned down at least three vehicles and stoned several private companies and public institutions.

From Delmas 30 to Pétion-ville unidentified individuals broke the windows of several shops, vandalized vehicles and tried to loot a shopping center...

On the road to Delmas vehicles were burned as well as a business "Chez Yvette".

In Lalue, the Immigration Office and the local branch of Digicel suffered stone-throwing damage.

A truck was set on fire at corner 95 (Route de Frères)

Pétion-ville :
Two cars were burned in a house in Pétion-ville, after the demonstrators forced the gate;

At least 4 other vehicles were burned by protesters;

Several businesses have been thrown by stone;

Protesters attempted to burn down a transfer house and also set fire to a gas station.

The police used tear gas canisters on protesters who reacted by burning tires and throwing stones at businesses and closed offices;

Mirebalais :
Violent clashes took place between the PNH and armed protesters in Mirebalais after the PNH fired tear gas to disperse individuals attempting to block RN #3 with burning tires. Partial assessment of the clashes, 9 policeman and a dozen wounded among the demonstrators.

Partial human assessment :
On Thursday night, Gary Desrosiers, deputy spokesman of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) reported an official partial report of 2 people killed, 15 police offciers were injured and many arrests...

Also reported from various non-official sources, at least twenty injured demonstrators (partial assessment): 5 in Port-au-Prince, 2 in the Nippes, 4 during demonst rations in St Marc and Gonaives, 10 in Mirebalais and at least 4 dead.

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