By Aaron Humes: Prime Minister of Haiti, Dr. Ariel Henry, and his delegation were interrupted and attacked at the traditional ceremony commemorating Haitian Independence Day on Saturday, according to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat which has condemned the attack in a statement.
The attack began during a Te Deum church service at the Gonaives Cathedral with volleys of automatic weapons in the surroundings of the church. At least one person died but Henry apparently was not hurt.
According to the CARICOM statement, Dr. Henry was unable to deliver his public speech at the nearby Place des Armes Square which normally follows the church service as part of the ceremony.
The event “heightens the Community’s concern at the continued deterioration of the security situation in the country,” CARICOM said, adding that it “urges the Haitian authorities to address this prevailing untenable security situation with urgency in order to restore a sense of safety and security to the country.”
Henry succeeded interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph last July and is both Acting President and Prime Minister. The attack comes ahead of a planned constitutional referendum to be held in February after multiple postponements.