Haiti - FLASH : Violent clashes, at least 2 dead, many injured and extensive damage
The demonstrations took place under a strong police framework including in Pétion-ville
Barricades of burning tires, rocks and branches were erected in several neighborhoods as public transit and private vehicles deserted the streets of the metropolitan area.
On Delmas and Lalue protesters erected barricades with large stones and billboards blocking all traffic. In Delmas, people who were trying to burn a backhoe loader were arrested by the police.
Violent clashes opposed at the end of the path of groups of young people to police near the National Palace. Despite a large police presence and the deployment of UN armored vehicles, two nearby buildings were set on fire, businesses attacked and several vehicles vandalized and burned...
Protesters, many of whom had covered their faces with their T Shirts, shouted hostile, threatening, or hateful slogans against the Government and demanded that all PetroCaribe money-launderers be brought to justice be tried and all their property seized and handed over to the State...
In the middle of the branches brandished by demonstrators and other banners and placards, several black and red flags and posters with the image of the Russian President Vladimir Putin were noticed. Leaders of the radical opposition including Moïse Jean Charles leader of the party "Pitit Dessalin" and André Michel spokesman of the radical opposition sector called "Popular and democratic" were present alongside the protesters.
Several times targeted by individuals with masked faces, the police responded to the throwing stones by shooting in the air with their firearms and throwing tear gas canisters, each time triggering panic...
Around noon, violent clashes between the demonstrators and the police occurred near the National Palace particularly in the area of Capois and Piquant streets and on the Champ de Mars where a large police device had been deployed. Several bursts of live ammunition of unknown origin were heard in downtown.
Angry demonstrators threw stones at the main fence of the French Embassy in Champs-de-Mars, accusing France of supporting the government of Jovenel Moïse.
The "Roi des Rois Market" store, located on Capois Street, was also the target of attack by some demonstrators and partially robbed before the tough intervention of the police.
Several large windows of the Cine Triumph, in the area of the Champs de Mars were broken by stones.
An old house, whose protesters attributed the property to the Head of State was burned on Capois street near the West Departmental Directorate of the PNH.
The protesters also attempted to burn unsuccessfully the offices of the General Directorate of Customs in Lalue.
Towards 2 pm a partial report reported two deaths and an indeterminate number of wounded...
The demonstrations were finally dispersed by police in the Champ de Mars shortly after 3:00 pm although after 4:00 the presence of several groups of activists was reported.
At the end of the day the Commissioner Michel Ange Louis Jeune Spokesperson of the National Police of Haiti made a partial and provisional assessment of 2 dead and 4 wounded during anti-government demonstrations, a dozen damaged vehicles and several buildings attacked and partially burned, pending a final assessment...
For his part Me André Michel, said in a press conference "We counted 7 dead and more than a hundred injured ..." information difficult to verify and unconfirmed from neutral sources.
SL/ TB/ PI/ HaitiLibre