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Haiti - FLASH : The fever of looting seizes the demonstrators
Looting operations have been reported in Saint-Marc where public institutions, residences and private businesses have been attacked, vandalized and looted.
The office of the National Old-Age Insurance Office (ONA) was set on fire and that of Ouanaminthe attacked and looted. Pierre Motler Saint-Jacques Administrative Director of the ONA strongly condemns these two attacks against the regional offices of the institution.
In Ouanaminthe, the office of the Jesuit migrant service charity was also looted.
In Gonaïves, a Brasserie de la Couronne warehouse, several educational establishments including the Sainte-Famille college, the Immaculate Conception College, the public University of Artibonite and Catholic institutions, a Digicel warehouse and the premises of the United Nations Office for Project Services in Haiti (UNOPS) were attacked, looted and vandalized.
The Departmental Input Supply Center of the Artibonite Department, where drugs and inputs for 15 communes and 140 health centers and hospitals in the department were stored, was vandalized for fun, the demonstrators , the demonstrators threw tons of inputs (medicines, gowns, syringes, vaccines, etc...) out of the building. A generator that supplied the building was badly damaged). The looters who were obviously not trying to steal medicine, left with 7 of the 10 refrigerators of the establishment (the 3 others were destroyed), 36 solar panels installed on the roof, 24 new batteries and 4 new motorcycles among others...
In Léogâne, looters in balaclavas broke into the offices of the General Directorate of Taxes (DGI) and left with computer equipment, furniture and batteries before vandalizing and setting fire to the premises.
The generator of the UNIBANK branch (opposite the DGI) was destroyed by fire. Other private businesses, including a supermarket, were looted by masked individuals...
Protesters also vandalized several gas stations.
During the day, injuries were reported, including several by bullets. There have been reports of numerous clashes with the police trying to prevent the looting of businesses whenever possible...
See also :
TB/ PI/ HaitiLibre