Violence increases in Haiti: Gangs attacked the prison

According to media reports, armed gangs in Haiti attacked the national prison in the capital Port-au-Prince. According to the newspaper “Le Nouvelliste”, an unknown number of prisoners are said to have managed to escape. The police union had requested urgent support from additional units on Saturday evening to stop the armed gangs.

Gang violence in the crisis-plagued Caribbean nation recently increased significantly again after interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry was in Kenya for discussions regarding an international police operation. After months of negotiations and legal wrangling, representatives of both countries signed an agreement on Friday. The Kenyan government wants to send 1,000 police officers to this poor Caribbean country. During the absence of the head of government, criminal gangs in parts of Haiti’s capital paralyzed public life through armed violence. The international airport was also opened fire on, among other places. According to government reports, many police officers were killed.

According to the Miami Herald, the overcrowded prison houses many gang leaders as well as suspects linked to the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. Moïse was shot twelve times in his home on the night of July 7, 2021. According to the investigation, around 20 Colombian mercenaries committed the crime on behalf of many masterminds. According to the US justice system, the conspirators’ original plan was to kidnap Moïse and replace him with the president. The background of the crime is still not clear beyond doubt. Henry then took over the reins of government.

Since the president’s assassination, the security situation in Haiti has deteriorated dramatically. Brutal gangs control about 80 percent of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, according to UN estimates, and are increasingly expanding their sphere of influence into other parts of the country. Violence worsens the unstable supply situation; According to the United Nations, almost half of Haiti’s eleven million residents suffer from acute hunger. UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for greater support for an international mission to assist Haiti in the fight against widespread gang violence, at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Friday.


Source: Vienna


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