They arrived, scaling the roof of the house, firing bullets, burning the house, and wielding heavy artillery without notice.
Some residents managed to escape in the storm of black smoke and tear gas, while others died trapped in a burning house. Thursday’s assault on poor opposition neighbors in Haiti’s capital, Bel Air, was the third major attack in less than two years.
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Sherigier, accused of being behind the November 2019 attack on Bel Air, called for a press conference on Friday to take responsibility for the latest attack and blame it as a response to an attack on a known powerful gang alliance. Cast As an ally with G-9 and family..
“Everyone knows that if action happens, there will be a reaction,” she said, claiming that six members were killed in the case on Thursday before rattling their names.
In December, Chérizier and two former Haitian government officials were sanctioned by the United States for the La Saline massacre. Despite sanctions and his wanted list by the Haitian National Police, he continues to walk freely.
How many were killed or injured when shootings resumed on Friday and fleeing residents were exposed to elements of the vast Champ de Mars Public Square outside the presidential palace and prepared to spend another night? And it was still unknown how many houses there were torch.
Pierre Esperance, Secretary-General of the National Network for Human Rights Defenders, one of several groups investigating bloody assaults, said: “Some people are injured or their homes are burned down, but for now it’s difficult to count.”
Marie Yolene Gilles, who runs Fondasyon Je Klere or the Eyes Wide Open Foundation, said it was still impossible to join the community. Her first investigation revealed that some residents were burned while still in their homes.
“It’s unwise for people to get in there,” Gilles said, adding that he was able to hear shots throughout the capital shortly after 6:30 pm.
Gilles and Esperance, along with community leaders, said the attack had nothing to do with gang fighting. They all said it was to break the resistance of Bel Air, believed to be the home of the opposition, and prevent residents from coming out on the streets in the growing anti-government protests of recent weeks.
“The attacks on Bel Air are a series of attacks by near-power gangs on Bel Air. They … dominate Bel Air and prevent those who resist the government from doing so. “I want,” Gilles said.
The attack was also the result of an immunity that Sherigier and his fellow gang members began to enjoy under the control of President Jovenel Moise, Jill added. “They have never tracked them, arrested them, judged them about the crimes they committed, or blamed them.”
At a press conference, Sherigier protected himself from alleged human rights abuses and accused journalists, members of Haiti’s opposition, and the corporate sector, who said he was not interested in seeing Haiti’s changes. He said that if one member of the alliance was attacked, everything would be attacked.
Chérizier also opposed the claim that he and his gangster federation wanted to rule Bel Air. Moïse government.. He accused Haiti of supplying guns and cash to Bel Air so that residents could attack his alliance. Human rights groups have accused the government of doing the same with Haiti’s growing anxiety and his alliance, which has been accused of being behind the alarming surge in kidnapping.
“We are not fighting or abducting between us,” said Sherigier. “We made peace so that we could end the battle in the ghetto because we settled to end the battle in the ghetto. It has political capital. That’s why people are trying to destabilize the G-9.
“What happened in Bel Air has nothing to do with fighting for territory or controlling Bel Air, which is why we attacked Bel Air,” he said before answering a question from a journalist. It was.
Two residents who spoke to Herald on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation said Thursday’s attack had escalated for several days and came to mind when armed men invaded the community. Both residents burned their home.
“They attacked us and set fire to our house. What happened at Bel Air wasn’t the slightest damage,” said the two mothers.
The woman said her sister was forced to run during the incident when a member of the gang grabbed her, threatened to rape her, and said she wanted to be killed instead. “”The gun got stuck and my sister ran, “said the woman, explaining how members of the gang attempted to shoot her.
She argued that Thursday’s assault was the result of an attack on the G-9 Alliance.
“We’re not involved in anything. We don’t even go out to protest,” she said. “Since August 31, they have begun to attack us. I don’t know why.”
A Haiti national police spokesperson did not respond to the Miami Herald’s request for comment.Last year, the United Nations Published a report focusing on the three-day outbreak of gang violence November 4-6, 2019 at Bel Air. UN investigators have accused Haitian police of failing to protect residents from corrupt police and gang leaders.
According to the United Nations, at least three people were killed in violence, six were injured, and 30 families lost their homes after burning their homes. Investigators also said the attack allegedly involved three active members of the Haitian National Police.
The United Nations accused Sherigier of being behind the attack, even though he denied involvement while offering to compensate victims who lost their homes.