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Haiti - Demonstrations : The county paralyzed, several victims and many damages...
17/09/2019 10:26:30

Haiti - Demonstrations : The county paralyzed, several victims and many damages...
Monday despite the announcement by the Government of the arrival of fuel this week and the call for calm the acting Prime Minister resigned Lapin, the metropolitan area and several provincial cities among others Les Cayes (South), Saint-Marc (Artibonite ), Cap-Haitien (North) have been paralyzed by several important (unclaimed) demonstrations sometimes violent, against the fuel shortage that the country knows for several weeks...

Most companies and public institutions remained closed, although a few schools remained open and public and private public transport was virtually non-existent. Sporadic automatic gunfire throughout the day was heard and clashes erupted. Police officers were reported in some parts of Port-au-Prince, while roads and main avenues were blocked by barricades of burning tires and large rocks preventing traffic.

Vandalized cars and businesses were observed as many clashes took place between protesters and police trying to restore public order.

In the commune of Carrefour, a young man in his thirties who was involved in the erection of a barricades of burning tires was killed during a muscular police intervention that was greeted by stone throwing, causing a police response with tear gas. Several people were injured and the police made at least two arrests. Witnesses accuse the agents of the PNH to be responsible for the shooting which killed the young man...

In Port-au-Prince, despite an impressive police apparatus and the determination of the agents on the ground to contain protest movements, the security apparatus set up since dawn has had mixed results due to the strong mobilization of the police. population.

In a note, the Ministry of the Interior, "[...] questioned by the violent nature of certain hotbeds of protest and serious breaches of public order characterized by clashes with law enforcement, looting public and private property that has caused casualties in various parts of the territory expresses its sincere sympathy to all the families of the victims."

In addition, the Ministry of the Interior "invites the population to keep calm and to resume normally all its occupations" assures it that energetic measures are taken to guarantee the protection of people and goods. It also calls on citizens "not to be manipulated by retrograde sectors that take advantage of this punctual crisis, for political purposes. The latter, who swear only by their unacknowledged political agenda and continue to penalize the population on the basis of misleading pretexts to harm the smooth running of the State."

SL/ S/ HaitiLibre

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