Port-au-Prince Plunged into Violence as Armed Gangs Seize Control

Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti, is currently in the grip of a violent wave of chaos as armed gangs continue to wreak havoc, leaving authorities struggling to regain control. The turmoil began last week with an audacious attack on a prison, resulting in the release of thousands of inmates. In response, a state of emergency was declared, prompting residents to either flee the city or limit their movements to essential tasks.

Armed gangs now hold significant sway over Port-au-Prince, causing widespread disruption and fear among its inhabitants. One prominent gang leader, Jimmy Cherizier, also known as “Barbecue,” a former police officer with a history of alleged human rights abuses, issued a warning on Tuesday. He claimed that unless Prime Minister Ariel Henry steps down, the ongoing chaos in Haiti will escalate into a full-blown civil war and potentially even genocide.

Prime Minister Henry, who is currently out of the country following a trip to Kenya to seek support from a United Nations-backed multinational police mission, attempted to return via the neighboring Dominican Republic. However, his request to land in Santo Domingo was denied, leaving him stranded. Henry was originally expected to step down last month, but his failure to do so has triggered a coordinated effort by criminal gangs to remove him from power.

The violence has not spared law enforcement institutions either. On Tuesday, an attack was launched on a police academy in Port-au-Prince, where over 800 cadets receive training. Fortunately, reinforcements arrived in time to repel the assault, according to Lionel Lazarre of the Haitian police union.

Despite the government’s promises to restore security, Haiti’s police force is notoriously weak and ill-equipped compared to the well-armed gangs. Consequently, kidnappings and other violent crimes continue to plague the nation.

CrimeDoor
Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. This is absolutely outrageous! How can a city be allowed to descend into such chaos and violence? Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti, should be a place of safety and security for its residents, but instead, it has become a battleground for armed gangs. It is utterly unacceptable that these criminals are allowed to roam freely, terrorizing innocent people and leaving the authorities helpless.

    The situation in Port-au-Prince is not just a matter of law and order; it is a humanitarian crisis.

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