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Crime: The National Police of Haiti declares having taken over the Gressier police station, after an attack by armed gangs

  • May 13, 2024
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Gressier (Haiti), May 13, 2024 [AlterPresse] — The Haitian National Police (Pnh) declares having regained control of the police station in the commune of Gressier (about thirty km south of Port-au-Prince), after its storming by armed gangs, during an armed attack perpetrated on the evening of Friday May 10, 2024according to information gathered by the online agency AlterPresse.

The Pnh is hard at work in Gressier, where security measures have been reinforced, in order to restore order and peace, following the attack perpetrated on the night of Friday May 10, 2024 against this police station by armed individuals, tries to reassure the police institution, in a note.

A team from the South-East Departmental Law Enforcement Unit (Udmo-Sud-Est), “agents from Swat and other specialized units are already on site, with a view to taking control of the situation and to thwart the plans of the thugs.”

While inviting the residents of Gressier to remain calm, the National Police promise to commit to tracking down and apprehending all these troublemakers, who target police infrastructures.

A meeting took place on Saturday May 11, 2024, around the arrangements to be made to restore security in Gressier.

A public transport driver, commonly known as “Guillon”, who was not far from the police station in Gressier, was injured by two bullets around 10:00 p.m. local time (2:00 a.m. GMT this Saturday, May 11, 2024), during the The armed attack perpetrated on the evening of Friday, May 10, 2024, reported the Association of Owners and Drivers of Haiti (Apch).

The injured driver was rushed to hospital to receive the treatment his condition required.

A vehicle, parked in the courtyard of the police station, was set on fire by the thugs, according to images circulating on social networks.

Many families were thus forced to leave the town of Gressier to seek refuge elsewhere.

This attack by armed gangs against the police station in Gressier brings to more than 25 the number of police stations destroyed since the beginning of 2024 by armed gangs in Haiti, denounced the National Police Union of Haiti (Spnh17).

Castigating the passivity of the police high command, Spnh17 demands in-depth changes within the institution, including the interim director general Frantz Elbé.

These changes should make it possible to organize operations in the strongholds of armed gangs, to recover stolen equipment from the police institution.

From January to December 2023, at least thirteen (13) police stations and/or
fixed and mobile patrols were attacked by armed bandits
noted a report from the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (Rnddh) dated April 10, 2024.

Since Thursday, February 29, 2024, armed gangs have intensified their attacks in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, Port-au-Prince, killing people, looting and burning several public and private buildings.

Between Thursday April 25 and Sunday May 5, 2024, more than 5,000 people traveledfollowing several attacks by armed gangs in the town of Delmas, particularly in the Delmas 24 district and in Solino, according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

These internally displaced people headed towards the municipalities of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Croix-Des-Bouquets and Tabarre (in the northeast), she adds.

Among them, 51% found refuge with host families, while 49% settled in ten sites, including six new sites and four existing sites, specifies the IOM.

In recent months, terror and other violent acts by armed gangs have forced more than 95,000 people to leave their homes in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, Port-au-Prince, to seek refuge in other areas of the country. . [emb rc apr 13/05/2024 11:50]

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