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Posted: Monday, November 21, 2022. 2:45 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Canada has sanctioned former Haitian President, Michel Martelly and 2 former Prime Ministers for financing gangs, Reuters report.

In September, gangs in Haiti created a humanitarian crisis by blocking a fuel terminal for over a month, halting most economic activity and triggering U.N. discussion of a possible foreign strike force to open the terminal.

The United States and Canada have now sanctioned political leaders who allegedly finance the gangs.

“These latest sanctions target a former president of Haiti and two former prime ministers of Haiti suspected of protecting and enabling the illegal activities of armed criminal gangs,” the office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Former Haitian Prime Ministers Laurent Lamothe and Jean Henry Ceant were also sanctioned.

This month, authorities in Haiti took back control of the terminal and fuel has started to flow again, but gang violence continues to increase.


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