Haitians demonstrate for peace and stability

Haitians took to the streets on Monday, urging the government to do more to ensure their safety and social well-being. (Photo: AFP)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Prime Minister Dr. Ariel Henry has condemned what he called “heinous crimes” taking place in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country, while that Haitians took to the streets on Monday, urging the government to do more to ensure their safety and social well-being.

In the latest incident, three women – a mother and her two daughters – were killed after they were caught in a shootout between rival gangs in Cité Doudoune.

A police report said their vehicle was riddled with bullets near the Grise River bridge at Tabarre in the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets, with the bandits then setting fire to the vehicles with the bodies of the women inside.

Authorities also reported that three motorcycle taxi drivers and two locals were also killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I am revolted by the news of the assassination of several compatriots by armed bandits operating in Tabarre,” said Prime Minister Henry.

“The Government strongly condemns this heinous crime, while expressing its sympathy to the relatives and friends of the victims. On behalf of the Government, I renew my firm determination to fight relentlessly against insecurity. I order the police to continue the clubbing of the bandits in order to put them out of harm’s way,” he added.

The Minister of the Interior and Territorial Collectivities, Liszt Quitel, said he was “stunned by the horror and violence of the crimes perpetrated, especially last weekend”.

“The ministry also remains concerned about the nuisance caused by armed groups, organized as real looters and highway robbers on the RN2, RN1, in Canaan and Trou Sable on the RN3. Many citizens were stranded for hours during the day…while cargo trucks and construction materials fell prey to these outlaws until security forces intervened.”

Quitel, said that several other users were also targeted, including Kesnel Normil, the acting principal mayor of Pétion-ville, “whose vehicle came under numerous fire in Canaan.

“The Minister presents his most sincere condolences to the parents, relatives and friends of those who died in this massacre perpetrated by armed bandits in Tabarre. He also expresses his solidarity with the victims of the attacks on the public highway”, a-t- he said in a statement. .

Canada’s Ambassador to Haiti, Sébastien Carrière, said “the abject violence that reigns in areas controlled by gangs is often anonymous. I am heartbroken, like the whole country.”

The United Nations said that between July 8 and July 17, more than 471 people were killed, injured or missing. He said serious incidents of sexual violence against women and girls, as well as recruitment into boy gangs, have also been reported.

Around 3,000 people fled their homes, including hundreds of unaccompanied children, while at least 140 homes were destroyed or burned down.

Meanwhile, the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church of Haiti, says it has relieved the Reverend Father Frantz Cole of his responsibilities as diocesan executive secretary and priest in charge of the Parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Bolosse as that the Central Directorate of Judicial Power The National Police (DCPJ) is continuing its investigations into the seizure of a quantity of weapons and ammunition concealed in a franchise container of the Episcopal Church of Haiti on July 14.

The priest faces possible charges of arms and ammunition trafficking, smuggling, tax evasion, tax evasion, illicit enrichment and laundering of assets from serious crimes.

In a press release, the standing committee of the Episcopal Church, of Haiti, indicated that its lawyer “will not defend any natural person, whatsoever, prosecuted rightly or wrongly, in the context of this case.

“The church expresses the wish that the rights of Father Frantz Cole guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Haiti, the international conventions ratified by Haiti and the Haitian laws be respected”.

The Episcopal Church of Haiti reiterates that it is not involved in “any illegal traffic in firearms or ammunition or in any franchise traffic” and “renews its firm determination to be a civil party to any trial for intervene in this case.

“Furthermore, the police authorities wanted the collaboration of our church to shed light on the case of importing firearms and ammunition in which the name of our church was unfortunately associated. The church has renewed, on occasion, its willingness to collaborate with the police, judicial and administrative authorities so that all the light is shed on the question “

The standing committee confirms that the law firm Madistin, which defends the church, following the instructions, will transmit without delay to the DCPJ, as requested “all information relating to franchise applications filed by our church with the ministry of worship with numbers of containers, notices of arrival and other related documents for the last five years” as well as the “list of shipping agencies with which the church has worked during the last five years”.

In addition, the committee said that “the church’s fund movements, accounting records and bank account numbers for the past five years; the list of salaries and movements of the diocesan office staff [and] the letter terminating Vundla’s service as a cooperator in the diocese of Haiti” will also be sent to the police.