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Haiti - FLASH : High tension at Champ-de-Mars
23/02/2020 16:01:43

Haiti - FLASH : High tension at Champ-de-Mars
This afternoon at the Champ-de-Mars, a few hours from a supposed National Carnival... clashes took place between agents of the National Police of Haiti, demanding from the authorities the acceptance of the formation of the union of the Haitian National Police (SPNH) and also the resignation of the head of state, and members of the Haitian Armed Forces.

According to available information, members of the Haitian Armed Forces (FADH) responded by firing shots (warning shots) when protesters fired into the air.

The situation escalated into a clash between plainclothes police claiming to be from the national police union, other uniformed police and FAD’H members from their headquarters.

Many shots and bursts of automatic weapons were heard in the Champs de Mars area, near the National Palace, of the Departmental Directorate of the West of the National Police of Haiti (DDO-PNH). At the moment, according to an unofficial report, there were already at least 12 injured, including two or three police officers.

A fire broke out in front of Radio Télé Caraïbes, it was 3 cars on fire at street Chavanne, demonstrators accused the station of filming them by drone and of having a bias.

Carnival stands were also set on fire.

The new PNH armored vehicles were noticed on the Champ-de-Mars.

A panic situation is noticed, people run all over the place, certain with face masked with scarf.

In Cap-Haitien, on boulevard there are burnt tire, the stands were dismantled. In Gonaïves the situation is degenerating.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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