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International News: Gang violence claim 20 lives in Haiti

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2024. 1:35 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Thursday, a clash between armed gangs intensified with bursts of automatic weapons at dawn.

Meanwhile, protesters marched demanding accountability for the Caribbean nation’s spiraling security crisis.

According to the Associated French Press, 20 people have been killed since Sunday.

Pierre Esperance, director of the National Human Rights Defense Network, a humanitarian organization said 20 people lost their lives due to the violence.

“Among the victims are those who were murdered inside their burnt-out homes, and others who were shot at by bandits as they tried to flee the attacks,” he said.

Residents have since erected barricades all over the capital and surrounding areas to protect themselves.

Since the beginning of the week, hundreds of people have been demonstrating demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who has been in power since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021.

The demonstrators slammed his inaction as the country has been ravaged by a profound economic, security and political crisis that has fueled armed criminal gangs.

 

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