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Haiti - FLASH : The Senate stormed and ransacked by armed «militants» of the opposition
12/09/2019 06:42:36

Haiti - FLASH : The Senate stormed and ransacked by armed «militants» of the opposition
On Wednesday, the minority radical opposition in the Senate used the great means, helped by armed militants to prevent in violence the ratification session of the Prime Minister named Fritz William Michel scheduled at 11:00 am.

Towards the end of the morning, dozens of armed protesters posing as "political activists" took a stand around the parliament despite the security measures deployed by the National Police of Haiti.

Many of these highly motivated "activists" have subsequently succeeded in investing in the Parliament.

During the day, protesters erected barricades of burning tires, vandalized and burned around mid-day a bus carrying agents of the Intervention Corps for the Maintenance of Order (CIMO). Several violent clashes with the police were observed. Automatic gunfire was heard, spreading panic among the population, including students returning from school.

Shortly before 6:00 pm, after a day of high tension and violence in the city center and near the Parliament, dozens of armed "militants", accompanied by opposition senators including Nenel Cassy, ​​Evalière Beauplan, Antonio Cheramy and Youri Latortue, invaded the Senate sitting room where they broke everything in their path. Security guards could do nothing to prevent the situation from escalating.

In addition, the minority senators of the radical opposition prevented the intervention of a CIMO group that wanted, by order of the Senate office, to expel all troublemakers from the meeting room.

At around 8 pm, the opposition "activists" who had attacked the Senate sitting room, whose gang leader Jean Dimens aka "bal douz" a bandit of La Saline, improvised a parody of a session, playing the caricatural role of Senators, a young man with braided hair proclaimed himself President of the Senate for life, while the "activists" in the room were vandalizing what had not yet been broken.

The appointed Prime Minister and his ministerial cabinet remained in the diplomatic lounge under the enhanced protection of the police and members of the security of the Primature while waiting to be taken to the meeting room, while the majority senators threatened and fearing for their lives, had banded away in another room.

At around 10:00 pm after a historic day of tension and violence unleashed in the Senate, Speaker of the Upper House Carl Murat Cantave announced "The Ratification Session of the Prime Minister's General Policy Statement Fritz William Michel in the Senate is sent back 'sine di'".

SL/ HaitiLibre

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