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ABC News | Haitians demand the resignation and arrest of the countrys police chief after a new gang attack

  • May 12, 2024
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To respond, Frantz Elbé, supported by the United States, published a note and photos showing him in the company of the American ambassador at the airport receiving equipment. Mr. Elbé seems to learn no lessons from the “exile” of Ariel Henry.

A growing number of civilians and police officers are demanding the dismissal and arrest of Haiti’s police chief as heavily armed gangs launched a new attack in the capital of Port-au-Prince

International headlines from ABC NewsCatch up on the developing stories from around the globe making headlines.The Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A growing number of civilians and police officers are demanding the dismissal and arrest ofHaiti’s police chief as heavily armed gangs launched a new attack in the capital of Port-au-Prince, seizing control of yet another police station early Saturday.

Armed men raided the coastal community of Gressier in the western tip of Port-au-Prince late Friday, injuring people, burning cars and attacking homes and other infrastructure as scores of people fled into the nearby mountains following a barrage of gunfire overnight.

It was not immediately known if anyone died.

Videos posted on social media showed people fleeing into the early dawn balancing bags and suitcases on their heads as men clad in sandals and carrying heavy weapons celebrated with gunfire.

“The town is ours,” said one man who filmed himself with others who were armed, noting they were in Gressier. “We have no limits.”

The attack comes roughly a week after gang attacks in central Port-au-Prince forced more than 3,700 people to flee their homes.

“The situation is critical and catastrophic,” Garry Jean-Baptiste, a spokesman for the SPNH-17 police union, told The Associated Press.

He called Frantz Elbé, director of Haiti’s National Police, incapable and incompetent: “Monsieur Elbé has failed.”

Jean-Baptiste said the union wants a newly installed transitional presidential council to demand Elbé’s resignation and order justice officials to launch an investigation into the crisis.

“Police continue to lose their premises and equipment and officers,” he said, adding that at least 30 police stations and substations have been attacked and burned in recent months.

He also accused Elbé and other high-ranking officials of being complicit with gangs.

Elbé did not immediately return a message for comment.

Jean-Baptiste said the officer who was stationed in Gressier “resisted for a while” but was unable to stave off the gang attack given a lack of staff and resources.

“The police could not prevent the worst,” he said.

Jean-Baptiste said the attack was planned by gunmen who came from the neighboring communities of Village de Dieu, Martissant and Mariani.

Gressier is in an area controlled by Renel Destina. Best known as “Ti Lapli,» he is a leader of the Grand Ravine gang and considered a key ally of Izo, another powerful gang leader, according to the U.N.

The Grand Ravine gang has some 300 members and is accused of killings, kidnappings, rapes and other crimes.

Those fleeing Gressier now join more than 360,000 other Haitians who have been forced to abandon their homes as gangs raze communities in rival territories to control more land. Tens of thousands of Haitians have squeezed into squalid, makeshift shelters, including schools and government buildings abandoned due to gang violence.

The violence surged starting Feb. 29, when gangs launched coordinated attacks. Gunmen have burned police stations, opened fire on the main international airport that remains closed since March 4 and raided Haiti’s two biggest prisons, freeing more than 4,000 inmates.

Veteran politician André Michel wrote on the social media platform X that the most recent attack targeting Gressier shows “Haiti will not be able to get out from under the gangs without an international force. … We will not be able to secure the country ourselves.”

A U.N.-backed deployment of Kenyan police officers to Haiti has been repeatedly delayed, although some believe the first officers might arrive in late May.

Scores of U.S. military planes have been landing at the shuttered airport in Port-au-Prince in recent weeks, carrying civilian contractors, life-saving supplies, building materials and heavy equipment ahead of the anticipated arrival of a multinational mission.

Frantz Elbé must leave after the capture of the Gressier police station by terrorist gangs, demands Garry Jean-Baptiste, spokesperson for SPNH-17 – Rezo Nòdwès (rezonodwes.com)

A growing number of civilians and police are calling for the dismissal and arrest of Haiti’s police chief as heavily armed gangs launched a new attack in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

ABC News International Headlines: Find out about current events around the world that are making headlines. The Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A growing number of civilians and police are calling for the dismissal and arrest of Haiti’s police chief as heavily armed gangs launched a new attack in the capital, Port -au-Prince, taking control of another police station early Saturday morning.

Gunmen attacked the coastal community of Gressier, on the western edge of Port-au-Prince, late Friday evening, injuring people, setting cars on fire and attacking homes and other infrastructure as dozens fled in the surrounding mountains after an all-night barrage of gunfire.

It was not immediately known if there were any deaths.

Videos posted on social media showed people fleeing at dawn, balancing bags and suitcases on their heads while men dressed in sandals and carrying heavy weapons celebrated by firing shots.

“The city is ours,” said one man who filmed himself with other armed men, noting that they were in Gressier. “We have no limits. »

The attack comes about a week after gang attacks in central Port-au-Prince that forced more than 3,700 people to flee their homes.

“The situation is critical and catastrophic,” Garry Jean-Baptiste, a spokesperson for the SPNH-17 police union, told the Associated Press.

He described Frantz Elbé, director of the Haitian national police, as incapable and incompetent: “Mr. Elbé has failed. »

Jean-Baptiste said the union wants the newly installed transitional presidential council to demand Elbé’s resignation and order judicial authorities to launch an investigation into the crisis.

“The police continue to lose their premises, equipment and officers,” he said, adding that at least 30 police stations and substations have been attacked and burned in recent months.

He also accused Elbé and other senior officials of complicity with the gangs.

Elbé did not immediately return a message for comment.

Jean-Baptiste said the officer who was stationed in Gressier “resisted for a while” but was unable to repel the gang attack due to a lack of personnel and resources.

“The police could not prevent the worst,” he said.

Jean-Baptiste said the attack was planned by armed men from the neighboring communities of Village de Dieu, Martissant and Mariani.

Gressier is in an area controlled by Renel Destina. Better known as “Ti Lapli,” he is a leader of the Grand Ravine gang and is considered a key ally of Izo, another powerful gang leader, according to the UN.

The Grand Ravine gang has about 300 members and is accused of murder, kidnapping, rape and other crimes.

Those fleeing Gressier now join more than 360,000 other Haitians who have been forced to abandon their homes as gangs ravage communities in rival territories to control more land. Tens of thousands of Haitians have crowded into squalid makeshift shelters, including schools and government buildings abandoned due to gang violence.

Violence increased from February 29, when gangs launched coordinated attacks. Gunmen burned police stations, opened fire on the main international airport which has been closed since March 4 and attacked Haiti’s two largest prisons, freeing more than 4,000 inmates.

Veteran politician André Michel wrote on the social media platform …We will not be able to secure the country ourselves. »

The UN-backed deployment of Kenyan police officers to Haiti has been repeatedly delayed, although some believe the first officers could arrive in late May.

Dozens of U.S. military planes have landed at the closed Port-au-Prince airport in recent weeks, carrying civilian contractors, rescue supplies, construction materials and heavy equipment in anticipation of the anticipated arrival of a multinational mission.